#LA: Data Security and Craft Brewing with Cary Koch

Episode 4 of the Hashtag Louisiana podcast has it all - geniuses, politicians, lobbyists and all us regular folks trying to keep our private life private.

We start with a hot topic: social media getting ahold of your personal information. Host Ira Wray gives some timely tips on finding and limiting the personal information you share with Facebook and Twitter.

You may already know that these social media platforms have classified you based on what it thinks it knows about you, like your wedding anniversary, and when it’s time to start advertising flower arrangements to buy for the day. You may have also heard that Facebook categorizes you based on your perceived political leanings, though that one isn’t always accurate.

Speaking of politics, Ira also gives a reality check for our public officials jumping on the privacy bandwagon, especially after the Capitol Hill hearings with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The bottom line? Take control of what information you’re putting out there. Here’s Hashtag Louisiana’s official social media security checklist which Ira gives further details on during the pod:

  1. Check your settings and see what data you’re voluntarily giving up.
  2. Don’t take dumb surveys. We know, it’s tempting to learn which Gilmore Girls character you most resemble, but it ties your the information you reveal in the quiz to your profile.
  3. Monitor the apps on your phone, especially if they’re tied to your social media.

Then, Jeremy Alford and Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild Executive Director Cary Koch talk about the Louisiana beer business. Cary shares five secrets to a happy life garnered from craft brewing, which you don’t have to like beer to benefit from.

Finally, we cover a big story about a big building with a big crack in downtown Baton Rouge. 

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