Identity and Data Protection - For Realtors and All Professionals

Real Estate Agent with Smart Way America Realty
Yesterday, an Active Rain realtor discovered her passwords stored by online sites - horrific!  Other members jumped in with preventative measures, I forwarded them to our MLS Board of Directors.  
(Credit and Sources:  Ryan HugginsCaroline Gerardo)
Here are the Take-Aways:
Personal Responsibility of the Individual
The solutions presented by Active Rain members had one common standout feature.  They focused on what YOU, the individual, must do  to take back control of your data and identity.  Prevention requires the individual to take personal, proactive action as the owner of your information.   
Action Steps - Start Here:
1. Remove yourself and your business from privacy violating sites: 
Spokeo, Mylife, Radaris, Whitepages, Intelius, BeenVerified, Acxiom, Infotracer, Lexis Nexis, TruePeopleSearch.
2. Remove personal information from the internet:
"Hiding from the Internet" by Michael Bazzell
3. Sites that Farm your Personal Identity (deeds, divorce, more) and Sell your Email: People-finder, People-search, Whitepages, Spokeo, MyLife, PeopleSmart, US Search, Intelius, Radaris...
  • You have the right to opt out or request to take it down.
  • Use junk email account for such sites.
  • Copy the URL storing your name, claim it. In the small print, complete the opt-out. Follow up with a hand-written letter.  
  • Post lots of positive, NON-specific information about yourself online.  Active Rain is an excellent site to do this.
4. External Services - Useful but Insufficient Protection
Relying on external services may create a false sense of security.  They are limited in scope. They put external entities in possession of your data. They do not preserve nor adequately protect your identity. They do not remove your information from sites syndicating your vitals to anyone of nefarious interest. Services such as:
Antivirus, anti-malware
computer monitoring
anti-exploit software
credit and identity protections programs  
5. For Realtors and Professional Associations:
  • Ask your State Association to disseminate Action Steps statewide in context of your state laws.
  • Post Action Steps on Facebook and other social media.
  • Send Action Steps as MLS blast or email to membership.
Personal prevention cannot be underestimated. Everyone, especially online business professionals, should remove critical data and identity from the web.  No one can protect your personal and business information as well as you.
  • Prevent business disruption and identity theft.
  • Prevent becoming a target for intrusion.
  • Provide personal online protection.
  • Maintain a vibrant business web presence.   
Have you found other solutions and preventions or targeting, profiling and tech intrusion?  Post them below.
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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good evening 

Thank you for sharing your information with us Kris Collis 

Have a great night.

Tuesday April 30, 2019.  

Apr 30, 2019 06:51 PM #1
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Very good information Kris Collis .  Thank you for sharing.  I have bookmarked it to come back later.

Jul 05, 2019 03:07 AM #2
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Kris, thanks for summarizing the Q&A and highlighting Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA post. I follow him but have missed this important post.

Jul 05, 2019 11:37 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Great information and good to have it all in one spot too, Kris! 

Thank you!

Jul 13, 2019 03:00 PM #4
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Thanks for posting these preventative measures and making us aware of the pitfalls of digital stealth.

Sep 11, 2019 12:25 AM #5
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