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Part 2: Securing real estate data on the Web

Editor's note: In this four-part series, Inman News looks at real estate security in the Internet era. It's no longer just a matter of keeping clients' home keys in a safe place. The Web has opened up vulnerabilities to data scraping, and new responsibilities for consumer privacy, MLS passwords and lockbox pass codes. (See Part 1: Real estate industry steps up MLS security; Part 3: Getting a grip on real estate data scraping and Part 4: Security gurus spread the word.) Every one of mortgage broker David Huete's client files is behind walls – whether they're the walls of locked steel file cabinets or electronic firewalls keeping computer files safe. "We have firewalls on our computers and we do not use wireless connections," says Huete, the owner and president of Huete Mortgage in Emeryville, Calif. "People can break in through wireless connections. Most of the time we scan in paper files as soon as we get them and then shred them." Privacy is a primary concern to Huete, a b...