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Largest MLS to secure property database

MRIS contracts with Clareity Security for authentication system

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Another large multiple listing service has taken action to try to prevent potential security breaches in its property database by installing an authentication system for members. Clareity Security today announced that Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) will install its SafeMLS product, which provides token-generated, one-time passwords instead of the traditional username and password system. The system is said to reduce password abuse and to increase MLS membership by an average of 15 percent in most markets, according to Clareity. Thirty MLSs throughout the nation currently utilize the SafeMLS strong authentication product, Clareity said. MRIS, which serves about 60,000 real estate professionals, will launch the product in the second quarter of 2007, according to an announcement. "Strong authentication is the logical next step for us. MRIS has been a strong advocate for ensuring that only authorized users have access to the broker's most important asset: the listi...