Realtor Advice

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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