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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, 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

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

Filed under: In Depth • Privacy
June 28th, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Palin movie premieres in Iowa – Will she run?

Sarah Palin will be in Iowa today for the debut of a friendly documentary about her life and political career. Of course the timing and location are only adding to the buzz that she could jump into the Presidential race.

On American Morning, Democratic strategist Jennifer Palmieri and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson explain what this could mean for the 2012 GOP field.

Filed under: 2012 • Elections
June 28th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Casey Anthony deemed fit for trial, but will she take the stand?

FROM CNN WIRES – On court today in the Casey Anthony Trial, the meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony's remains could testify as a defense witness in the murder trial of her mother Casey, his attorney said. Roy Kronk has been ordered to report to court at the start of the day, according to his attorney David Evans.

In developments Monday, Anthony, who is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008, was determined competent to proceed with her capital murder trial after she was examined by two psychologists and a psychiatrist over the weekend, the judge said.

But the question on everyone's mind is still the same: Will Casey Anthony testify?

Sunny Hostin with "In Session" joins the American Morning team to discuss.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
June 28th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

U.S. Army Major lays out challenges in fighting in Afghanistan

Lieutenant General John Allen will face the Senate Armed Services Committee today. He's the man tapped to take over as the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, and he's backing the size and pace of President Obama's troop drawdown. The hearing comes less than a week after the President announced his plan to withdraw 33,000 troops by the end of 2012.

This morning on American Morning, we spoke with Major Rusty Bradley, a U.S. Special Operations soldier and the author of "Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds." He joined the AM crew to talk about the challenges of fighting in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Afghanistan
June 28th, 2011
10:07 AM ET

Woman fired from Abercrombie & Fitch claims she was fired for not removing head scarf

Abercrombie & Fitch is being sued by Hani Khan, a young woman in California who claims she was fired after refusing to remove her head scarf.

Abercrombie & Fitch released a statement, saying they are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

This morning, AM's Kiran Chetry spoke with Hani Khan and her attorney Araceli Martínez-Olguín to discuss her claim against the clothing store.

Filed under: American Morning
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
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