Data Security in a Virtual Environment

“Agile, flexible, adaptable” – 2020 proved to be a year in which these words were used to describe real estate professionals. As the nation reacted to a worldwide pandemic, real estate agents responded to state and local orders that changed how real estate transactions are handled – including the use of technologies and tools that enable agents to work remotely and limit contact with others. Unfortunately, not all these tools and technologies protect the data entrusted to real estate professionals. This session reviews best practices for data security and assesses the safety features of some of today’s most popular apps and platforms. After attending this session you’ll be able to:

  • Describe at least three techniques to reduce risk involving the use of a personal computer or laptop
  • Explain how phishing, spear phishing and social engineering schemes obtain sensitive information and how you can avoid these schemes
  • Describe systems to reduce risks associated with using video and electronic communications.
  • List at least three ways to work more securely on-line.
  • Explain the importance of proper disposal of electronic devices to protect the personally identifiable information.