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June 28th, 2011
10:51 AM ET

In Depth: Managing your information and reputation online

Following the growth of electronic privacy concerns related to hacking and social media, CNN is featuring an "In Depth: End of Privacy" series all this week.

Mario Armstrong, host of SiriusXm's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin," joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to explain how you can better manage your personal information and your reputation online.

In Mario's segment, he explained how you can change your privacy settings on Facebook to hide sensitive information from the public. In the segment, he showed how to change the most important settings, including:

1. Disable the "Include me in 'People here now' after I check in" feature
2. Disable "Friends can check me into places" feature
3. Change the setting next to your phone number to "Only me" – friends should not automatically be able to see it.
4. Disable "Suggest photos of me to friends" feature – the facial auto-recognition feature

Mario also explained how important it is to have a conversation with friends and family about your privacy concerns.

He also explained how you can see what is out on the web in terms of your "online reputation," or what others think of you. He suggested doing a search of your name on Spokeo.com, to see what kind of details are available on the web about you. He also talked about the new crop of sites that offer services to better manage your online life, such as Reputation.com.

See the rest of the interview at the top of this post.


Filed under: In Depth • Privacy
June 28th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

In Depth: What can you do to protect your info from hackers

Following the growth of electronic privacy concerns related to hacking and social media, CNN is featuring an "In Depth: End of Privacy" series all this week.

Mario Armstrong, host of SiriusXm's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin," joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to explain what you can do to make your passwords difficult to hack.

In Mario's segment, he provided some ideas for making difficult but memorable passwords that will make it difficult for hackers to crack, including:

1. Make your password 12 characters long. The Georgia Institute could crack an 8 character password in 2 hours. Using the same concept to crack a 12-character password took 17,134 YEARS.

2. Don't use a word in a dictionary

3. Build a password from a sentence. For example, say you write something like "At 5 pm I like playing basket ball with 2 friends." That could turn in to a password that looks like this: A5p*Ilpbw2f!

4. Using uPPeR and LoWEr cAsE characters, plus numbers and symbols will make things even harder to hack.

Mario also talked about protecting your information in the 'cloud' or an online server. Mario suggested:

1. Password protect a file before you upload

2. For sensitive files, keep them on local machines or external drives

3. Put passcodes on any mobile devices

Mario also discussed keylogging programs, or programs that monitor everything you do on a computer and send a report to whomever installed the program. See the rest of the interview for more information.


Filed under: In Depth • Privacy