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Study: Few MLSs enforce data protection policies

Passwords, login information shared

Few multiple listing services enforce password policies protecting real estate clients' sensitive data from unauthorized access and few require strong passwords, respondents to an industry survey said, according to the data security company that conducted the survey. "Respondents believe few MLSs enforce password policies that strongly protect MLS databases from unauthorized access," RSA Security Wednesday said of its May real estate industry survey. "More than half of those surveyed say their MLS does not require strong passwords (e.g., passwords containing letters, numbers and symbols, or passwords more than 15 characters long)." The survey was conducted online between May 5 and May 9, with 546 industry professionals – 54 percent of whom were real estate agents, 20 percent of whom were real estate brokers, 16 percent of whom were association executives, staff or board members – participating, the Bedford, Mass.-based company said. Property addresses, showing instruction...

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