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Nowadays, most people spend a good portion of their day online.  Because of this, there are certain things divorcing people must keep in mind.  FoxNews recently published an article entitled, “Divorcing? 5 things to do online now.”


The first tip FoxNews had for divorcing individuals is to change your online passwords.  A study by the Pew Institute found that 67% of couples share at least one online account password with their significant other and that 27% have shared their email password with their significant other.  In addition to changing your password, it is also important to change your security question, as it is likely that your ex will know things like your mother’s maiden name, or the street you grew up on.


The next step the authors of the article advise is to ditch shared online services.  The Pew Study also found that 11% of couples also have a joint social media account or profile.  There was no data regarding online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, but it is likely that it is a high percentage of couples who have joint accounts on sites such as those as well.  Additionally, if you have an iPhone, iPad, or other Apple devices, you could be sharing an Apple ID and/or iCloud Account.  If you have a shared Apple account, it is possible for your ex to see your mail, iMessages, contacts, locations, purchases, etc.  That is all information that you may not want to share with your ex, so it is best to delete the accounts, or make a new single account on your own.


Third, FoxNews suggests wiping your shared gadgets clean.  If you share a computer or tablet with your former spouse, that device could contain some very personal information and documents, such as your passwords, browsing history, credit card information, etc.  The article advises you to transfer all important information and documents to your own personal device, then permanently erase all this information from your shared gadget.


Once you’ve wiped your shared gadgets, the authors suggest securing your own devices.  First, change the passwords and PINs on any devices you have, like your cell phones and tablets.  Next, it might be a good idea to consider doing a factory reset on your devices to make sure that there are no “spy apps or a keylogger” installed, or a tracking system like “Find My Friends”.  This seems a little extreme, but in these situations it is better to be safe than sorry.


Finally, the last step FoxNews advises divorcing individuals take is to check your social media accounts.  Decide whether you want to remain “friends” or followers with your former spouse and keep in mind that they will see whatever you choose to post.  Next, check your privacy settings.  Finally, be aware of what you post on any internet site.  Avoid posting any hurtful and injurious comments about your ex, it will only end up hurting you in  the future.


The divorce process can be emotionally trying.  If you are considering filing for divorce or want to speak to a knowledgeable and experienced Long Island divorce attorney to discuss your options, please contact the Law Offices of Jay D. Raxenberg. Call (516) 491-0565 or toll free(888) 543-4867.

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