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SoCal MLS cracks down on data security

Contracts with Internet security firm to protect home listing data

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One of the nation's largest multiple listing services has contracted with an Internet security firm to help protect its property listing data. Southern California Multiple Listing Service, which serves more than 33,000 real estate professionals throughout Southern California, has entered into a multiyear agreement with Clareity Security for the SAFEMLS product and service suite. SoCalMLS has also contracted for the use of MLS Tracker providing additional security functionality and extensive tracking of all system use. SoCalMLS is among many MLS organizations that are taking important steps to secure MLS content and protect it from misuse and unauthorized access. "With increasing concerns about content security and privacy it was time for us to protect our assets from unauthorized use," said Russ Bergeron, general manager of SoCalMLS. SAFEMLS offers both hardware and software tokens that issue one-time, single-use passwords. By requiring something the user has (a token) along...