Robert Siciliano, Cybersecurity & Zoom – A Combination Worth Sharing

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Dear Readers,

Thanks to Jeff Dowler, CRS in Carlsbad, CA, affectionately know as the "Relocation Dude"  due to his own experience in real estate in FOUR different states, All I have to do tonight is re-blog his great summary of our Zoom MeetUp today!
Appreciated Jeff!  

Well... perhaps add my memory from today that Robert Siciliano - nationally known Security Expert - mentioned the importance of using Two-Factor Authentication SEVEN TIMES in his hour-long presentation!


Jeff and I developed a solid friendship here in the 'Rain. I have learned a lot from him. I trusted his judgment and achieved my CRS Designation based on his recommendation. And, although we have never met in person, we even have sent referrals cross-country to one another.  

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Enough introduction -- enjoy reading Jeff's post about the amazing talk we enjoyed and what we learned today from AR Member Robert Siciliano!

All the best - Lynn


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Original content by Jeff Dowler, CRS CA DRE #01490977

Robert Siciliano, Cybersecurity and Zoom

A Winning Combination


Robert SicilianoToday’s ActiveRain Zoom meeting at 11 am (my time in CA!) featured fellow Rainer, Robert Siciliano , a cybersecurity and identity protection expert. And wow, this  was so worth sharing, and a bit mind-blowing, when you hear how rampant hacking, phishing, identity theft, and related issues have become. 2020 has been a tough one and it ain't over!


I doubt there’s anyone in our business who hasn’t been concerned about the potential for wire transfer fraud (theft) and heard some of the horror stories – Robert relayed one tale about a couple who lost $775,000 through wire theft!


There were several key take-a-ways for me:


Use a Password Manager

While we all know how essential it is to protect our passwords, and that we should not use simple ones (e.g., 123456, Password, MyPassword) that can be easily guessed, nor use the same passwords on multiple accounts, the reality is many people do. The risks are enormous!


A Password Manager will keep track of all those passwords (I have over 150 for business and personal use) and can also generate them for you. And no need to worry about duplicate paswords!


Do a Google search to see what your options are – LastPass, Roboform, and Dashlane are but a few examples.


Use 2-Factor Verification

You can further enhance your security by using 2-factor verification wherever possible. In addition to your user name and password, you verify who you are for access to a site with some other means such as a multi-digit code texted to your mobile. The bad guys might have your sign-on credentials but they don’t have your phone to receive a text


2-factor verification is particularly important for critical accounts – banks, credit cards, email, etc. Do this!!


Robert also suggested having cybersecurity insurance and the costs are pretty reasonable depending on the business. I’ll be checking with my insurance agent.


Check out Robert’s website Protect Now LLC for more information on what you can do to increase your awareness and protect yourself, your clients, and others you work with.


You can also enroll in his CSI (Cyber, Social, Identity) Protection Certification course, a 6-hour program (four 1.5-hour webinars) to increase your knowledge. Sounds like a good idea to me and a terrific  way to learn some things to help protect our buyers and sellers in addition to ourselves.


If you aren’t following and reading Robert’s regular posts you should be. It’s pretty scary when you consider the risks out there on the Internet and from our devices we use in our businesses and personal lives.


The Zoom Meetings are every Tuesday at 11:00 PST, 12:00 MST, 1:00 CST and 2:00 EST. It’s a great way to meet-up with your AR friends, meet some new people, and learn some great stuff about all sorts of topics from fellow Rainers.


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Comments (7)

Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

A great post to reblog Lynn B. Friedman 

I wound up missing the ZOOM call and am very disappointed

Oct 13, 2020 09:58 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Doug Dawes 
Jeff gives a great summary.
Call me if you want to talk about it some more - OK?
All the best - Lynn

Oct 13, 2020 10:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nice reblog I saw when Jeff published it worth a repeat, more importantly I said this before but no one seems to answer it is it recoreded? Endre

Oct 13, 2020 10:20 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Endre Barath, Jr. 
Yes, it is recorded. However, personal interaction is a major factor for the people in the group running the MeetUps. They feel if the recording is passed out each week, people might not try to attend the MeetUp itself. Then the goal of interaction would not be achieved. So, if one attends, then access to the recording is available. I can tell you that I learned so much today, I will definitely listen again! Lynn 
Repeating the answer I was given.   Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Oct 13, 2020 10:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 

My understanding is that it WAS recorded. I think most of the sessions are recorded but not positive!


Oct 13, 2020 10:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lynn:

Thank you for the reblog and such kind words! I am so flattered! It was a terrific meeting, was it not?


Oct 13, 2020 10:25 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Jeff Dowler, CRS 
Absolutely wonderful - I learned so much. I use LastPass on the "Family Plan" although my IT professional uses DashLane, same as Robert does.

TOMORROW I am going to double-check everything for 2FA and add it where missing! I do have Two-Factor Authentication - also known as 2FA - on my Gmail. If I use a known number with a financial connection, they will say "we checked and you are calling from a recognized number" or something like that. Wonder how many I will have to set up? Take care --- 

Oct 13, 2020 11:00 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Lynn B. Friedman -  I found it full of good information including checking my email of that site he threw up there.

Oct 14, 2020 04:09 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Grant Schneider 
Yes, after thinking I had been doing things right - 2FA on my email, for example, I learned that I had to take more steps!
All the best - Lynn

Oct 15, 2020 04:48 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The posts from Jeff Dowler, CRS are always worthy of a reblog and I am glad he gave such a great summary of the zoom meeting I missed.  I should be able to attend next week's meeting!

Oct 14, 2020 05:39 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Brian England 
Look forward to seeing you there next Tuesday - Lynn

Oct 15, 2020 04:49 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn, Jeff Dowler, CRS did an excellent job on recapping the ZOOM Meeting.  This meeting was well worth the time, and we all walked away with a lot of valuable information.

Oct 14, 2020 01:09 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

George Souto "
Well worth the time"
  is an understatement! 
All the best to my CT friend, Lynn

Oct 15, 2020 04:50 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thanks for providing Jeff Dowler's summary of Robert Siciliano's Zoom meeting.  It's greatly appreciated!

Oct 14, 2020 08:15 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Myrl Jeffcoat 
My pleasure to be sure! Lynn

Oct 15, 2020 04:51 AM