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Anne Graffy, RE/MAX MARKETING SPECIALISTSPhone: (727) 560-1635
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Protect Your Online Presence

by Anne Graffy 05/12/2019

We risk being hacked every day. This risk can expose our financial, retail, and personal online accounts to intruders for malicious use, so it is important to be able to identify weak points and know how to protect them.

Know your email inbox.

Email is a potential area for malicious behavior to occur. Do not open emails from unknown people. Avoid opening attachments or clicking on internet links from unsolicited emails. Exercise caution with emails that have embedded links and images. Delete emails that make outlandish claims or offers that are too good to be true, just never even open them. 

Take precautions on social networks.

Social networking sites and their apps are convenient means for sharing personal information with family and friends. Open sharing can increase your risks. To protect yourself avoid posting information such as your home address, phone number, places of employment any other personal information. Limit the access to information to friends only and verify any new friend request. Review the security policies available from your social network provider quarterly or when the terms of use policy changes. Opt out of exposing personal information to search engines. Take precautions concerning any unsolicited request and links.

Guard your account access.

Keep your passwords secure and take steps to minimize misuse of password recovery options. Use different passwords for your accounts, not the same one for everything. Disable the feature that allows websites or programs to remember passwords. Change your passwords periodically. A standard password recovery method for sites is challenge questions. To prevent an attacker from leveraging any personal information, consider answering challenge questions with lies that you can easily remember, but that someone who looks up your history wouldn’t know. Avoid storing passwords and answers to challenge questions in plain text. If available use multi-factor authentication for logging into websites. Example of this is a passcode or pin is emailed, texted, or even provided to you on phone call.

Exercise caution when using public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Many locations such as coffee shops, hotels, libraries, and airports have wireless hotspots for customers to access the internet. The security of these hotspots cannot be guaranteed. Exercise caution when accessing any personal or financial accounts is necessary. When you can, use your cellular network to access the internet instead of a public hotspot. These days most of us have 4G cell network service that can be used for internet access instead of a public Wi-Fi hotspot. 

The next time you connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, post something, or email, remember to be aware of your online presence.

About the Author

Author
Anne Graffy

When explaining to clients why I am the best fit for their real estate needs, I like to tell them that I am not only their real estate agent, but their business representative as well. With more than three decades of experience working in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur, I have extensive knowledge of how business works and what needs to be done to succeed. Not only has this experience informed the way that I research and keep track of information, it has also taught me everything that there is to know about negotiating and closing sales. For you, as the client, this experience means that I know how to get you the best deal possible on that property you are buying or selling in the Tampa Bay area.

As a successful real estate agent, I pride myself on being an active member of the community. I am dedicated to providing every client with unparalleled customer service and utmost professionalism. I have been a licensed real estate agent serving Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco county since 2002. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most influential developers and investors in the industry. This working experience has also given me an advanced level of market knowledge when it comes to luxury homes in the Tampa Bay area. I am able to understand and predict changes in the market, as well as help you track down that luxury home that you have always wanted and help you purchase it for a fair price.

Over the course of my time working in real estate, I have been awarded the following accolades:

2003 ReMax Sunset Rookie of the Year

2003 Million Dollar Producer

2003, 2006 ReMax Executive Club Award

2004 and 2005 ReMax 100% Club Award

I have also been a licensed interior designer from 1984 to 1998. This experience has proven itself to be invaluable when it comes to helping clients get an idea of how they want to decorate or renovate the inside of a home. And coincidentally enough, many of the homes that I sold to clients over the years were some of the same houses that decorated and designed nearly two decades ago.

In addition to working real estate and in the corporate sector, I (have been) a member of the following organizations and volunteer groups in the community:

Membership Director of the Gulf Harbors Civic Association

Design Team of Main Street New Port Richey

Eco Broker

On the Green Business Committee of the Florida Green Building Coalition

Member of the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Team

Fundraised for New Directions, an organization dedicated to cancer research

Volunteer at the American Diabetes Association

Big Brother/ Big Sister program

I believe in working closely alongside the community to build better neighborhoods for all, and this is evident in my real estate practice. If you are interested in learning more about property in the Tampa Bay Area or you’d like to move into a home in the community, give me a call at 727-560-1635 to get started.