Is Your Clients’ Real Estate Data Secure?

Save PasswordsAre you doing everything you can to ensure that your clients’ information is safe and secure from hackers? The National Association of Realtors® has provided some tips on what you need to do to protect your clients’ data, and I’d like to share a couple of them with you.

  • Check with your legal department or state association regarding “client security laws”
  • Attend security training on how to best handle, store, retain and destroy data
  • Limit access to sensitive data to only a few people
  • Block access of employees who have left the company
  • Don’t share user names and passwords
  • Use “strong” user names and passwords
  • Update passwords every few months
  • Encrypt sensitive information (including emails, contracts and files)
  • Lock file cabinets, and don’t leave files on your desk
  • Log off your computer when done for the day
  • Regularly run virus and anti-spyware programs
  • Use a firewall to prevent hackers and protect against viruses
  • Notify your broker if your computer, laptop or mobile device has been hacked

While NAR provided many other tips, I wanted to share with you some that you can implement right now!

What other things have you done to protect your clients’ information from hackers so I can also add them to this list?

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