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Ask Andy: Protecting your online reputation

By Andy Wise - bio | email

(WMC TV) - In my special report Punished for Posting on Action News 5 at 10 tonight (Wednesday, July 27), you'll see very clearly why you should be careful not only with what you post on social networks, but also with how you program your privacy settings.

To get you thinking, Patty Tredway of (, one of the web's leading privacy resources, offered these tips:

* Be cautious about personally revealing status updates.

* Be hyper-vigilant about everywhere you appear online.

* Opt out of third-party tracking cookies.

* Just because you're cautious, don't assume you're in the clear.

* Use geo-location services with discretion.

* Set your social networks' privacy settings to the highest modes possible. Stay up to date on those settings. These companies are notorious for changing privacy settings without informing customers.

* Your friends' social network connections impact your brand, too. Insurers, employers and recruiters aren't just monitoring your online presence, but also those of your close contacts.

* Populate your search results with relevant and professional content, whether through blogs, article comments, Tweets, a LinkedIn profile and associations. This improves the likelihood that you control what is found about you online.

After tonight's investigation, I'll post what one of my sources considers to be the ten "must-know" Facebook privacy settings, including the step-by-step processes to put them in action. 

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