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Florida MLS buttons up with added security

Implements security token authentication system

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More than 21,000 real estate agents and brokers across Central Florida will have added security when logging into their multiple listing service, the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service said this week. The MLS has implemented an advanced authentication system in which members will use a security token called the MLS LoginKey to replace the traditional method of a user ID and password. The token is small enough to fit on a key chain and features a window that displays six randomly selected numbers that change every 60 seconds. The numbers are entered to access the system along with a personal four-digit PIN created by the user. The combination of the LoginKey and the PIN works like an ATM card, combining something the user knows (personal PIN) with something the user has (the randomly-generated numbers).  Security of real estate data has become a hot-button topic among high-level executives and industry organizations now that the Internet has become a huge medium...