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More MLSs monitoring for shared accounts

Clareity Security signs 4 Canadian real estate boards

Four Canadian Real Estate Boards will analyze the patterns of members’ keystrokes when they log in to their multiple listing service in order to identify unauthorized users of shared accounts.

The four real estate boards — located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Fraser Valley, and collectively known as the REB4 group — have signed multiyear contracts to add Clareity Security’s Scout for SAFEMLS subscriber analytics tool to their CoreLogic MLXchange MLS systems.

Clareity Security says it now provides data security solutions to MLSs that serve more than 65 percent of real estate professionals across Canada.

The company describes Scout for SAFEMLS as "an identity profiling engine" that aggregates user access data, creates statistical profiles, and detects unauthorized users by identifying user devices and analyzing keystroke dynamics.

Last year, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Clareity Security announced a reseller partnership with CoreLogic, in which the companies are offering Scout for SAFEMLS jointly to CoreLogic customers on the InnoVia, MLXchange, Tempo and Fusion MLS platforms. At the time, Clareity Security said it had contracts with more than 60 MLSs with just over 450,000 subscribers.

Since then, Clareity Security has signed North Carolina-based Triad Multiple Listing Service and South Carolina-based Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS) to multiyear Scout for SAFEMLS agreements, and signed contract extensions with the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR) and the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors.

Clareity Security says Scout for SAFEMLS can help MLSs protect revenue that would otherwise be lost when unauthorized users avoid paying for access by sharing an account with a paying user. Shared accounts also add to the cost of providing services to paying members, the company says, with double the usage of nonshared accounts that translates into "heavier server loads, greater network traffic, and even increased help desk calls."

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