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5 Ways to Handle Your Electronic Data During Your Divorce

Posted by Gossman Law Firm, LLC || 16-May-2018

Getting through your divorce is a tricky matter, especially because we rely so heavily on electronic data and communication devices. This poses new obstacles for couples going through divorce. Be it your text messages, emails, and social media posts, it is important to understand how to keep your electronic data secure.

Social Media Activity

Social media makes it simple for your ex to find information they can use to damage your credibility. Compromising photos, outspoken status updates, and suspicious online relationships can all be found on a person’s online profiles. An ex-spouse can document these things before you even have the opportunity to delete them.

There are a few preventative measures you can take to secure your online data. Go through your social media accounts and remove any friends you do not fully trust. Change your privacy settings as well so that you can ensure your profile can only be viewed by people you authorize.

Secure all of Your Online Accounts

Many couples share their passwords to their email addresses, social media accounts, and online banking accounts. Even if you don’t share your passwords with your spouse, your online accounts are still in danger of being accessed by them. Once you decide you will be getting divorced, you will want to change all your passwords. Try not to use the same password for multiple accounts, and make new password retrieval questions that your ex won’t be familiar with.

Check Your Shared Applications

Photo apps, cloud storage accounts, online messengers, and calendars often sync to multiple devices. If you share apps and electronic devices with your spouse, you will need to block their access.

Delete & Start Over

If these solutions won’t work for your situation, you can always delete your existing online accounts and start fresh. Deactivate and delete your accounts and don’t forget to inform your colleagues, clients, and superiors of any important changes you have made.

If you think your ex has access to online accounts provided by your employer, you should inform your IT department to discuss a possible solution.

Speak to a Lawyer

There are numerous ways to illegally acquire personal data. If you think your ex is accessing your online accounts without your permission, you should consult with an attorney about what legal actions you can take against them.

Contact our Birmingham divorce lawyer to get help with your case today.

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