What code do you have to type in to reach me?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach

What code do you have to type in to reach me?  So many ID codes and so little time - well, guess what, life has changed dramatically in the last 30 years.

It was simple in the past.  You went to the bank and the teller's knew who you were. Yes, there was a lot less people living back then, however, now things have changed. Now with people stealing identities, you have to have a code to do everything.

Bank codes, pass codes to get on the internet, pass codes to get into the MLS, security codes to lock up your phone, now there is a new one Q codes - it's almost become rediculous that we cannot live without them.

After all, I need a pass code to get into AR.

We used to have 2 party lines on our house phone.  You would pick up the phone and the other person you shared your 2 party line phone was talking and you could listen (if you wanted to) or you could wait (just keep picking up the phone until they were off).  Security wasn't the same back then.  If your neighbor was talking about their finances on the phone - hey you could listen in if you were that type of person, but you didn't.

Now days, every one has a plethora of codes. 

It's a shame that life has become a world of codes. Nothing is safe anymore - that is without a "code."

It is really sad that no one's privacy is safe anymore. Without many codes to type in - in order to get into your own information, you cannot get there.

Wasn't life easier before all the scam artists evolved? Are you protecting yourself from scam artists?

Karen Monsour, 954-464-4194



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Karen Monsour, REALTOR®

Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach
4757 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-464-4194 cell
954-969-9974 fax
A recent recipient of Realtor.com®'s "Award of Excellence" for online marketing.

Multi-million dollar producer.


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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Hi Karen, you're not even safe with codes now. I saw on the news a device that can read your bank card magnetic strip from a foot away. The new fashion for spring 2011, is lead lined wallets... I'm glad they're bringing in retinal scanners, that way I won't have to remember so much!

Feb 23, 2011 02:28 PM #1
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

If only we could move back to Mayberry, North Carolina with Andy and Barney.

We could ring "Sarah" up on the phone to place a call.  We could hand our "Passbook" to the Teller at the Bank, and he would pencil in the amount of deposit that we put into our account. 

Times have changed!


Feb 23, 2011 02:54 PM #2
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

I remember the days of party lines.   Now I don't even house a land line, but I do have way too many passwords to remember.

Feb 23, 2011 05:39 PM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Was there ever a time when the scam artists were not involved?? 

The "snake-oil salesman" on the back of the wagon in the wild-wild west.  The elixer he sold made one a bit tipsy and they felt good until it wore off, but it worked and they went back for more.

The "traveling preacher" who went from town to town preaching eternal damnation for those who didn't live the good life as designed by the holy man who also gave generous contributions to "spread the word".

They have always been around.  Today, they have simply targeted a different market, folks on the Internet. 

Feb 23, 2011 09:55 PM #4
Donna Gallegos
South Group Real Estate - Pensacola, FL
I don't work 9 to 5, I work Start to Finish

I live in password hell LOL, just as I organize all the passwords, I get a demand that says "For security purposes, please change your password" ugh

Feb 24, 2011 04:23 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Karen --- Codes, codes, codes.  Everywhere a code, a swipe, a password or combination.    Not sure if we can do anything about it.  As Lenn stated in comment 4 --- the "scammers" have been out there long before any of the current "codes" were even a thought.  

Feb 25, 2011 04:14 AM #6
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


That's scary - I didn't know that!


I'm not sure that I'm that old (I know I'm not), but I get the message...Thanks.


I have a land line - for my home alarm system and my fax machine...


Yes, but I don't think you examples are such the same today, after all - the internet has changed everyone's privacy - don't you think...your examples are a little different.


I know - every 30 days.  I'd tell you how I organize my thoughts...then I'd have to "squash" you...J/K, LOL


Feb 25, 2011 02:32 PM #7
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


But it was different then, not like today when there are people who can made fake ID's that look real, people who send you emails as if it was coming from the actual bank.

I think it's a little more high tech now than it was before. 

Yes, there were scammer's out there, but I don't think the ramifications of the scams were as severe as they are with the internet.

Your thoughts, love to hear more. :-)

Feb 25, 2011 02:36 PM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Karen --- of course as you said the scamming is more high tech today so we need to be vigilant in our efforts.  To combat such attacks there are companies who can "protect" our interests online.  I  personally haven't pursued any of these.

Feb 26, 2011 01:04 AM #9
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Yes, there are Mike, but I don't know if I trust any of these companies.  I've rid myself of most credit cards now and have decided that cash is king (as in RE) and that way, I do not have anyone watching me.  Not that it matters, it is just getting to scary if you lose your information or someone steals it as happened to me in 2007 (someone broke the window -right in front of my previous office door and stole a whole lot of my things - even when it was pouring down rain)...my credit report has been a mess since.  still trying to fix it...they tried to open  6 different credit cards, filled up every friend they new with gas...what a mess.

Now, unless I have to use a card anywhere, I use cash.  Nothing like what happened to my friend at Lowes - they (with their cell phone) photographed his card - front and back.

Feb 28, 2011 12:42 PM #10
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