The internet has made buying and selling homes easier than ever before. You don’t even have to leave your computer to make or accept offers. What used to take over a week to accomplish can now be done in a few minutes. But this added convenience comes at a big price: risking the security of your personal information. You need to be more cautious than ever before.
Chances are, your home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make. While your personal information is being passed around through the internet by real estate agents, title companies and loan officers, crooks are out there trying to steal your information and, ultimately, your money.
“Using secured emails is one great answer to protect your information,” said Scott Chancellor of Realty Executives. “Check and make sure your agent is using secured emails when sending your personal information to anyone.”
Good rules for all emails:
- Never, ever open any attachments or links from someone you don’t know.
- Never respond to an unknown email. Look at the address bar. If it looks wrong, IT IS!
- Change your passwords often.
- Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
- Never use unsecured Wi-Fi (i.e. at a coffee shop or other public place) to send or even to view your personal information. Yes, it’s “free,” but it could turn out to be the most costly “free” thing you ever get.