by Dan Wolf
on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 5:41am.
When you are banking online or shopping online, security is easy to understand. However, when you looking online at the Alaska MLS, you should take your online security more seriously.
Last year over 90% of Alaska home buyers went to the internet to browse the Alaska MLS for homes. However many are not aware that there are people waiting behind their computer screens to take advantage of them.
Criminals are out there watching home buyers who are browsing the Alaska MLS. When you are searching online you need to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your personal information.
There are spammers who create fake websites with homes for sale just to get your information. The fake Alaska MLS websites look just like real estate and banking websites, but they are not!
Alaska MLS: How To Stay Safe When Buying A Home
#1 Start by searching for home on a well know website like ours, www.AnchorageHomeSearch.com. We are a real Alaska real estate brokerage.
#2 Update your security software before you start searching the Alaska MLS online. As a homebuyer you should have an updated suite of antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-phishing software. Also, every time you connect to the internet, make sure your firewall is in tact. Make sure you keep everything up to date! Criminals change their tactics constantly so you should stay updated with the latest protection.
#3 Keep your browser and operating system up to date as well. Having software that is out of date makes it easier for criminals to access your computer and install a virus.
#4 Check and make sure that you have site advisor software that will help you detect if a Alaska MLS website is fake or real. It will notify you if the website is fake and stop your computer from being compromised.
#5 Pick up the phone! Instead of sending sensitive information to a lender or to your real estate professional via email, give them a call.
#6 Check for reviews when you find the Alaska MLS website you want to search. See if the real estate agency has testimonials or online reviews. Call the number on the real estate website to see if a real person calls.
#7 Freeze your credit until you are ready to buy. When buying a home it is important to not make any large purchases before you are ready. Until then, while you are searching the Alaska MLS, freeze your credit.
These are just a few tips to help you protect yourself while searching for a home. Contact us today or use our reliable, reputable and safe website to search for a home now.