One of the biggest risks to cybersecurity is “Phishing” -- email scams that trick you into revealing private information, such as bank account details and social security numbers. Perpetrators of these scams contact people illegally, pretending to be individuals or organizations you trust. Be on the lookout for: Suspicious links...
Your clients depend on you to handle personally identifiable information (PII) securely and confidentially. By safeguarding SSNs and financial account details, you help reduce the risk of identity theft. To protect personally identifiable information: Keep transaction files in a secure place. Password protect any device containing PII – Use...

Important tax update

Beginning in 2020 (for the 2019 tax year), an independent contractor operating under an S Corp DBA will not be issued a 1099 from NRT. In the past, NRT has issued a 1099 for S Corp, but not C Corp – both are exempt status and per IRS regulations...
Nowadays, few objects contain more personal and professional information than our smartphones. It’s simple to protect these devices from threats and criminals with a few proactive steps. Here are a few best practices: Enable password protection and use the strongest password possible. Activate the lockout screen and set a...
We know you are trying to say focused on serving your clients, marketing properties and closing deals, so The Creative Studio has created a series of eBlasts that you can send to your clients to stay top of mind. The first four were announced last week in CB Briefs’ special...

Keep your computer bug-free

Nowadays, few objects contain more personal and professional information than our smartphones. It’s simple to protect these devices from threats and criminals with a few proactive steps. Here are a few best practices: Enable password protection and use the strongest password possible. Activate the lockout screen and set a...
Did you know that more scammers today are asking for payment by gift card? There’s been a 270% increase in this activity since 2015, according to the FTC. So, anytime someone calls selling something or about a bill you supposedly owe and suggests you pay with a gift card...
Wire fraud continues to plague our industry with a new scam - criminals are calling buyers directly to say that they have new wire instructions in order to steal closing funds. This isn’t something we’re just reading about in the news – we caught it happening to three buyers...
The answer is YES! We are all at risk, because cyber crime is a huge issue today, not just in real estate, but in life. But there are simple steps you can take to minimize the risk to your clients, yourself and the company. Please watch this important six-minute...
In the continued effort to keep you informed and prepared when it comes to wire fraud, we’ve compiled some useful practices you should employ to prevent this threat from affecting your business: Always verify wire instructions by phone before transferring money Use previously known contact information when possible Be...