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How to Protect Your Electronic Privacy During Divorce

More often than not, a divorce can quickly escalate to become downright ugly. In addition to the emotional toll it takes on both parties, there are a lot of costs endured and finances lost. To make matters worse, feelings of malice can start taking over one or both sides, tempting them into invading the privacy of their once-partner. After all, there’s nothing easier than hacking into the privacy of another person in this digital age we live in.

To avoid all forms of privacy intrusion, identity theft, and malicious acts, make sure to protect your electronic privacy during the divorce process. Here are 4 steps in which you can do that.

Upgrade security

First things first, you’ll need to fortify all your online profiles and electronic accounts. This holds true for social media platforms, emails, credit and debit cards, bank information, and any other forms of electronic transactions and digital presence. To enhance your security, you should change all your passwords on all social media platforms, email, and cloud accounts. Better yet, place two-factor verifications on all your online accounts. Next, you want to secure your finances by changing your cards. Make a point to alert your bank, employers, your kids’ school, and any other involved authorities of the divorce. As an added level of security, install spyware and firewalls on all your digital devices, and check your phone for any installed spyware.

Consult with an experienced lawyer

Treading on the gray area of online presence can be tricky, and can get outright complicated in the case of a divorce. The divorce lawyers at McFarling Law Firm have witnessed, time and time again, how simple actions can and will be used against you. So, instead of taking matters into your own hand, it is recommended to call upon the expertise of a qualified and well-versed lawyer to guide you through the process without falling into any significant mistakes. For instance, an experienced lawyer will alert you to the fact that removing certain posts, deleting conversations, or altering pictures can be considered tampering with evidence. They’ll also help you protect your rights if your spouse had somehow managed to intrude on your online privacy since some states consider looking through private emails and accounts as an invasion of privacy that wrongs the doer.

Avoid sharing personal information online

Going through a divorce is as private as anything can be, so make sure to keep it that way. Don’t dig your own grave by sharing any details on social media about your divorce. This is another thing that can and will be used against you. There’s no denying that you’ll need the support of your closest family members and friends, but never vent out to someone you can’t trust. Put strong boundaries to anyone asking something they have no right to ask or know about your divorce.

There’s no doubt that this rough patch is going to drain you out of energy and resources. Being tough as it is, there’s no need to make it even more complicated by neglecting to protect your electronic privacy. Make sure to fortify your security, consult with an experienced lawyer to guide you, and keep your private life private.

 

Staff Writer at CPO Magazine