Do we need SAFEMLS?

Is anybody else struggling with MRIS's implementation of the SAFEMLS code? 

For those of you who are not members of the MRIS MLS system, effective 1/1/08 we have a token that issues a unique  code that we must enter each and every time we log on to the MLS system.  Right now, this token lives by my home office computer where I will not lose it or misplace it.

The agents who have been breaking the rules, by sharing a single MRIS membership, will now have to share a token.  Since I suspect many of these agents also share a license and other fees/memberships/subscriptions, this seems like a really large  way to deal with a problem that involves a limited number of agents. How about cracking down on these agents?

As we are captive consumers to the MRIS system, we have no choice but to accept the new policy and enter a unique key each time we log on to the system.  One of the advantages of working from a home office was that I could log on and off many times during the day--obviously this is not affected, but just made more cumbersome.  As part of the security upgrade, the system does not allow my computer to retain my login ID and password in memory. Now each login requires all 3 items to be typed in each time I log on to the system. Since I don't intend to carry this key with me...what are the chances that I will always be at home when I need to log on to the system?  I used to love the freedom that I had to log on from a client's home or even the library. The wireless MRIS application on my PDA will be rendered useless unless I carry this around with me every second.

Just like I have to make a point to carry the DisplayKEY for those agents who are have not (too lazy?) upgraded their lock-boxes, now I will need to make a point to carry the token with me.

I thought technology was supposed to make our lives easier?


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Comment balloon 7 commentsHolly Weatherwax • January 08 2008 07:24AM


LOL to your last sentence!  Isn't that the biggest oxymoron ever???  Our board upgraded about a year ago and it is the biggest PITA but what are you going to do.

On the flip side, I had one client tell me that another agent was offering his ML login and password.  I knew he was full of it..LOL!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 11 years ago
Or we could could make the penalty for sharing your MLS id 700 hours of ethics class. That will torture them.
Posted by Rob Aubrey almost 11 years ago

Holly - I have to agree that carrying the token everywhere is a huge pain.

I also know from working in the IT industry for a long time that there really isn't much out there that is better. One thing that I saw in a previous job was that these tokens can be replaced with a small USB key that plugs into your computer. It can recognize when you go to a certain website and automate the login, so it speeds that up, but it still requires you to carry the thing with you.  My guess is someday this type of thing will be offered by MRIS as an "upgrade" option for your token. We'll see. 

Posted by Mark Voorheis (Weichert Realtors) almost 11 years ago
What a pain I also work from home and login several time a day. The violators alway make our lives more difficult.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 11 years ago

Holly, I dont like it either.  But these are the times we live in.  Security is a must.  Not only is this keeping agents from sharing IDs,  but it is protecting the information in the database.  If in the wrong hands,  one has information on how to access vacant homes etc. (information that is not available on the public sites)

A trick to use right now, so that your ID and Pin are remembered by your browser
Login on the side that reads "Traditional Login"
Enter your ID
TYPE in your PIN (even if something is saved there, type it in again)
Click Login
You should get a message that says something along the lines of "This does not match the password stored in windows, do you want to change it?"
Click Yes
Now logout and next time you login on the "Secure Side" it should auto-save your pin.  The Safe MLS password will obviously have to be re-entered each time.

As for Matrixwireless on your PDA,  this does not require the Token to login.  Simply use your ID and 4 digit pin as the password. 

In the near future, you will be able to get your SafeMLS password different ways, like Text Messaging or email. 

Good luck

Posted by Travis Church (Century 21 Redwood Realty/Century 21 Premium Realty) almost 11 years ago

Travis, Thanks for the tip.  After playing with it earlier in the week, I was able to get it set up the way you suggested.  It has made it easier.  Oh well, we all adjust!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 11 years ago

I have to say that I don't like it.

Whenever I have to login now I have to hunt for it.


Posted by Vanessa Plante-McDonald, MBA, REALTOR® - Cash Rebate to ALL My Buyers! (Bethel Equities, LLC) almost 11 years ago

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