Americans live in an increasingly connected world. Whether you are reading e-mail, posting to social media or shopping for items on Amazon, you probably encounter a tremendous amount of information and technology every single day. In fact, Forbes reports that the average adult consumes five times more information daily than an individual did in the 1960s.
If you are going through a divorce, you must rethink the way you use technology. Here are three tech changes you probably want to make during your divorce:
1. Update your passwords
If you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse share social media accounts, email, cloud storage or any other technologies, you should change your passwords. If you fail to do so, you may not have access to critical information. Furthermore, you probably want to update passwords for your personal accounts. Even if you think your spouse does not know how to log in to your accounts, he or she may know you well enough to guess.
2. Watch what you post
You do not want your spouse to use your social media posts to gain leverage against you during your divorce. Therefore, you must be careful about what you post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. You may also want to remove damaging information before filing for divorce, provided you can do so legally. Then, you may consider maximizing your privacy settings to keep your soon-to-be-ex-spouse from reading your online content.
3. Check for monitoring software
You may have a partner who wants to keep tabs on you. Unfortunately, an unscrupulous spouse may install monitoring software on your electronic devices. Asking a cyber-security specialist to sweep your devices is a good idea. You also may want to disable your smartphone’s location tracker.
Divorce is challenging enough without having to worry about the technological consequences that often accompany it. Fortunately, with a bit of effort, you can protect yourself until your divorce concludes.