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Grab your computer and do this before divorce (PART 2)

In our last post we discussed steps Florida residents should take in terms of their Internet presence before a divorce. As we mentioned before, it's important to change your social media account password. But it's also important to change all other passwords that your ex might know. Beyond that, you may want to change the security questions because your ex may be able to answer all or most of them.

Next, and this may sound a bit overboard, but you may want to wipe your shared gadgets. Even if a divorce is mutual and your spouse isn't the vindictive type, it's often hard to know how a person will react under the pressure of divorce. What we mean is, if you share any computers or digital notebooks, it's a good idea to take all your personal information and put it in a separate place that only you can access. Then, permanently delete all that information off the shared gadget.

Finally, it’s also important to secure your own devices. It’s very likely that your ex-spouse knows the code to get into your phone or your computer. It’s a good idea to change these to something your ex cannot guess. This is especially true if your ex has a jealous streak. If he or she does, it could very well be possible that they have put spyware onto the computer at some point. If you suspect this, it’s a good idea to back up your device and then perform a full factory reset.

These all may seem like drastic moves, but it’s important to remember that these steps can help protect your future after divorce.

Source: Fox News, “Divorcing? 5 things to do online now,” Kim Komando, July 7, 2014

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