How safe is your information?

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Passwords & Your Security

How safe is your online information? The bane of our lives today has become the PASSWORD. Without it you will most likely be greeted by something like this below.

How secure are your passwords?How safe and secure is your information?

Public/Private Information

I just had an email from one of my sons involved in law enforcement telling me about a site called Enter your name and you will see information on yourself, family members, people who may know you, past addresses, ages etc. So many sites use similar information to verify your identity that this is dangerous. You can opt out of this site, and you should. Go to Privacy, about a 1/4 of the way down the page is a link. You then search for yourself again and then opt out. Criminals are using this site to target people because of the wealth of information given.


Password Security

As frustrating as it is selecting passwords it is important in the Real Estate industry. Use the same ones over and over and you can open up a serious problem allowing hackers access to client information, transaction information, bank infomation etc. This then allows them the ability to transact wire fraud because they can make it look like they are the title company issuing directions.

Are you using the same password over and over on different sites. For example, your email and your transaction management site. What strength is your password? If someone knows something about you can they use it to guess your password.

Security professionals suggest changing your password every month. I know; how are you ever going to remember those passwords and keep them all different?

Try to use a random phrase, then capitalize random letters and insert numbers, possibly for some letters and if the site accepts it add a special character.

For example: mooNtheoverjumpEd537%cowtHe

This was The Cow Jumped Over The Moon, backwards with a random number and special character inserted and random letters capitalized.

Maybe you like the Rolling Stones and could use song titles, or band member names, anything you might find easier to remember but which is random and is not noted as something you love.

Be careful, because if you look at passwords used over and over, you will find you do the same thing in the same place, for example use a similar number, or always capitalize the 5th letter.

Security is important to day not just for yourself but for your clients. Remember, use different passwords for different sites.Feel free to add advice on password protection of if someone has a great app for password creation.



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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nick and Trudy,

Thank you for that valuable link and information.  I have been thinking about privacy.  Recently when I was on the phone with Citibank clarifying a charge, I had to wait for one of their computers, so the gal began asking me (under the guise of being able to "better serve us" to update our income and our household expense.  I refused, and said, let's talk about something else!  Then she wanted my email also...

I just tried the link you shared, and luckily not much info on us just our former residences...You are right about passwords.  Verizon wanted us to change our password, and I realize that I did not do a good job.  Will remedy tomorrow.

Jan 16, 2017 11:53 AM #1
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Ron and Aleaxandra we are all lazy, and as agents and businesses we want to be found so we stick even more out there than others. and then we need passwords we can even remember easily.

Jan 16, 2017 01:04 PM #2
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Good post, Nick & Trudy Vandekar. In this age of cyber theft and issuses with hacking making the evening news, we can't be too careful!

Jan 16, 2017 04:07 PM #3
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Lynnea Miller I was retty surpried how the website had connected me with so many different family members and people I knew. A little scary when you consider Seniors who can be so targetted today.

Jan 17, 2017 11:30 AM #4
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