Real Estate Agents
– then you know you’re in good hands
If you wouldn’t write it on a postcard, then you shouldn’t send it in a traditional e-mail
This is a citation from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, whose website contains the following: “Unencrypted e-mail does not go directly from sender to receiver but via many different hubs prior to reaching the receiver. Such communications can be monitored.”
The fact that e-mail is such an unsafe communications channel as that described by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority would indicate it is imperative that you encrypt sensitive information when sending. Following the introduction of the new Personal Data Act, you are now obliged to encrypt communications that contain personal information. These rules were issued simultaneously with the EU directive (GDPR) for data protection and privacy and are concerned with the treatment of an individual’s personal information. Breach of these regulations can result in a fine equivalent to 4% of an enterprise’s turnover.
According to the industry standards issued by the Association of Norwegian Real Estate Agents in relation to the handling of personal information, external communications that contain specially categorised personal information or personal ID numbers must be encrypted.
It is further stated that: “The information handled by agents is personal information that carries consequences for the registered persons should such information fall into the wrong hands or is incorrect ….. Potential consequences for registered persons as a result of a security breach can include identity theft, loss of bidding rounds, financial loss connected to property purchase/sale etc.”
Can you envisage a solution that makes it easy for you to do the following:
Write messages and send attachments
Ensure that sending is encrypted and in compliance with data protection laws
Secure your clients against identity theft and financial loss
This was something we could see, which is why we developed Verji to simplify your day-to-day activities. Verji ensures that it is secure and straightforward to communicate.
Verji for Real Estate Agents
4 important reasons to start using Verji
Communicate easily and securely in compliance with privacy and personal information laws
Communicate with your customers without having to worry if your message contains personal information
Provide your customers with a secure and effective communications channel that allows for easy exchange of information in both directions without having to initiate extra encryption measures
Allow your clients to feel secure when they are sending sensitive information
Avoid fines for you and your customers
If you decide to send information or attachments that contain personal unsecured information, your enterprise risks receiving a fine the equivalent of up to 4% of turnover
As of the beginning of February 2021 almost as many GDPR related fines were issued as for the whole of 2020. This reflects the enhanced focus of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority in relation to secure communications.
Protect you and your customers against identity theft and fraud
Personal information that falls into the wrong hands can have significant consequences such as identity theft, loss of bidding rounds or other financial loss
CEO fraud or Business Email Compromise can sound like a remote problem but in today’s digital world it is anything but far away!
Millions are lost every week through such fraud
It occurs through hackers monitoring e-mail information over time and sending false payment instructions
Real estate agents can be exposed to this type of fraud through unsecured communications with accountancy offices, auditors, or other bodies connected to the company’s financial transactions
Verji secures customers and enterprises against this type of fraud through encrypted communication with a high level of security
Communicate easily, effectively, and securely
Verji is a tool that is easy to use while providing you with unique possibilities to secure, make effective, and organise your communications
Communicate without being concerned if your messages contain personal information
Send messages to individual persons
Create group rooms and easily communicate with several persons
Send all types of attachments (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint files, scanned documents, images, videos etc.)
Easily exchange documents that should be signed and returned
You not only safeguard the integrity of personal information but also sensitive company information
You have at your disposal tools that continually adapt to the business sector’s needs
You can influence the development of Verji by contributing to our Roadmap
Beneficial agreement with the Association of Norwegian Real Estate Agents
For the Association of Norwegian Real Estate Agents, it is very important that the sector adheres to GDPR laws. For this reason they have entered into a beneficial agreement that allows members to purchase Verji communications solutions without having to pay the usual start-up costs (normally NOK 4990.00).
The investment will be NOK 250 per employee per month who communicates internally and externally and NOK 80 per month per employee who only communicates internally. Invoiced annually.
The beneficial agreement also ensures that real estate agents contribute with feedback such that Verji continually adapts to the needs of the business sector.
Webinar on the personal information law and encrypted communications
7th March 2019
Rosberg and the Association of Norwegian Accountants arranged a webinar about the personal information law and encrypted communications.
Click here to view the webinar.
Brief information about CEO fraud
Explained briefly, CEO fraud is the hacking for information of e-mail accounts connected to a company’s chairman, managing director, or financial officer. Once obtained, the hackers carefully observe the payment practices used by the company.
When the hackers have familiarised themselves with the company’s routines, they then commence with their fraudulent work by instructing the accounts offices of the targeted company’s customers to make false payments.
Several hundred million kroner is swindled in this way in Norway every year, and it is a trend that is on the increase.
This is why it is important to establish a communications channel that can not be monitored, which entails end-to-end encryption.
Secure your messages and attachments through encryption
VERJI PROTECTECTS MESSAGE EXCHANGE AND FILE SHARING
Verji provides a total and secure communications channel.
With Verji you can easily exchange messages and all types of attachments.