There are a million details that need to be ironed out when one gets divorced. While determining a parenting plan and dividing the assets are at the top of the list, it is a mistake to put the task of changing your passwords at the bottom of the list. We have recently talked about being aware of one’s digital footprint during the divorce process, but digital security experts believe it is also a smart idea to change passwords for any digital account that your ex-spouse no longer needs access to.
Digital privacy is an increasingly important issue these days with the advent of smart houses and paying bills online as well as more traditional password uses for bank accounts and credit cards. Regardless of whether the split was amicable or contentious, an ex-spouse may still track whom you call on your phone or where you are making reservations with your Open Table app without you even knowing it.
Protecting personal data
There are countless examples of passwords you probably do not want an ex to have:
A smart house: An ex can monitor the comings and goings in the home using a doorbell camera or home security system.
Digital assistants: Amazon’s Alexa can inform an ex about surprisingly wide range of personal details.
GPS: If the spouse was around when the car was purchased, it was easy enough for them to set up a smart phone app to gain access to the information provided by the car’s GPS.
Computers: Old passwords give access all sorts of information on desktops, laptops as well as devices around the house when they visit.
Do not forget those services
It is typical for divorced families to keep a family plan for digital services because it is cheaper. This will often be for phones, but it also can be iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, the Dominos pizza app and countless other services. While these are less important than those listed in the above section are, it is generally a good idea to change these as well.
Creating and protecting clear boundaries
Every divorce is different. Some spouses still have a key to the family home, while others are not invited in the door. Those same considerations also apply in the digital realm. If there are arguments about it or even evidence that they are tracking your movements and actions, it is advisable to consult with an Experienced Board-Certified Family Law expert attorney who works in Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County or elsewhere throughout Texas.