How to Protect Your Online Privacy During a Florida Divorce?
Unfortunately, many spouses underestimate the importance of protecting their online privacy during a divorce. In the digital age, nearly everyone has the Internet. In fact, nearly 80% of the U.S. population has at least one social network profile.
Many people do not think about this, but your social media accounts contain various types of sensitive information that could hurt you or be used against you during your divorce in Florida. For this reason, it is imperative to protect your online privacy to prevent your spouse from attempting to obtain access to your online accounts to get the upper hand in a divorce.
Protecting Your Online Privacy During a Divorce
There are several specific steps you can take to protect your digital privacy during a divorce. It could take you hours to change all your passwords and privacy settings, but doing so is worth it in the long run.
Consult with a skilled divorce attorney to identify which online accounts, logins, and settings will need to be changed in order to protect your online privacy. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Emails and Location
The first thing you need to do is block your spouse’s access to your communications, such as emails and text messages. This would require you to change the passwords for all your email accounts and change the unlock codes for your cell phone and other devices.
Often, spouses share access to location services on their phone (e.g., to find a misplaced or stolen cell phone). If your spouse can see your location via their phone or through any other devices, you must disable the location service on your phone or block your spouse from accessing your location.
You must be the only person who can access your financial accounts during a divorce. For this reason, you may need to change passwords and security questions for your bank accounts, online payment services, and other financial services to prevent your spouse from accessing your financial information.
Social Media Accounts
If your spouse knows your passwords or has access to your social media accounts, it is important to change them and log out of all devices. Another reason why you should change your social media passwords is to ensure that your spouse cannot publish photos or write posts under your name.
Also, disable all location tracking services on your social media accounts.
You should disable all shared services such as Google Photo storage, Google Docs, iCloud accounts, and other accounts that may make your divorce case more complicated if your spouse can view your photos, files, and other revealing information.
Turn on Two-Step Verification
Two-step verification can provide an extra level of protection to your accounts. Two-step verification works by requiring a code, which comes in the form of a text message on your phone when logging into your online accounts.
If you need assistance with protecting your online privacy and securing your online information, contact a skilled divorce lawyer in Florida. Speak with our Orlando divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Steve W. Marsee, P.A., to receive a consultation. Call at 407-521-7171.