How to Protect Yourself Online Before a Divorce (Pt 3)

Part of protecting yourself online means updating all of your passwords!

Hi there, thanks for joining us for the wrap up of this very important subject (although we hope you remembered to clear your browser history after reading the previous articles, just to be on the safe side!) However, you’ll remember from before that you should be careful about syncing your devices, not allow your location to be shared, and be vigilant about your social media privacy. Moving on, we’re going to wrap this up with the last two items on this very important list…

Friends and frenemies:

If your social media accounts are set to private, so that only friends and family can see what you post, you can protect yourself to some degree if your relationship with your spouse explodes. By unfriending them, you deny them access to your social media posts. But don’t forget, if you’re friends with their friends and family online, they may have people “reporting back” on your updates and photos, so be very selective with what you post.

Just because your spouse isn’t your friend anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t find a way to access the info you put online. And with that in mind, be very careful what new friend requests you accept. It wouldn’t be hard for your spouse to create a false account, using a different picture, and send you a ‘trojan horse’ friend request!

Password protection:

Allowing your device, or your browser, to store your passwords makes logging into your different online accounts easy for you. The problem is, it also makes it easy for anyone else with access to your devices. So you need to take a moment, and change the passwords on all of your social media accounts. And no, you shouldn’t allow those new passwords to be remembered by your computer’s keychain access log. You’ll need to remember these ones yourself!

When choosing new passwords for your devices and accounts, be careful to select something that your spouse won’t figure out. Your kid’s names or birthdays, the first pet you ever owned, or your favorite band are terrible ideas for passwords. Pick a random song off the radio and use the title, or the name of a business you happen to drive by on your way to work but have never frequented. Only things that aren’t tied to you in any way will make safe passwords.

Make smart choices, and you’ll be safer!

Divorce is a very hard time for everyone involved, and you’re going to have a lot on your plate. Battling someone in court who’s been spying on you to make you look bad will only make things worse. So make smart choices before you even start the divorce, that way you’re protected throughout the process. And remember – whenever you’re ready to embark on this journey, we’re here to help you with every step of the process. Just call 866 766 5245 and talk to one of our experienced family law attorneys. We’re available 24/7 to help.