There has been a lot written about the do’s and don’ts of social networking sites, text messaging, and other technology for people who are going through a divorce. But as a recent article in the Huffington Post pointed out, today’s technology, with smartphones, tablets, cloud computing and laptops, and the ability to synchronize these devices and access data, such as email and calendars, can give your ex as much access to your personal life as you have stored in one of these devices.
There are steps you can take to ensure that your private information stays out of your soon to be ex’s view. One of the simplest things to do is to change your passwords to your email, bank account, credit card, Facebook or any other account you would like to keep private. Also check for automatically stored passwords. It’s common for many sites to retain your password on the computer, so make sure you log out of the family computer each time you use it.
This is also the case with credit card information. Many shopping sites allow you to store your credit card information, enabling the ease of shopping online. Deleting that stored information will prevent anyone from obtaining or using your credit card number. You should also clear your browser history every time you finish using the computer.
Devices such as iPhones and iPads and storage such as iCloud may all be linked together, revealing all your emails, texts, calendars and any other information you may have to your ex. Access to these devices also allows your ex to enable location services to track your whereabouts.
There are so many other things that people don’t realize can be used in a divorce or custody battle. That’s why it’s always best to hire an experienced Illinois divorce attorney to represent and protect you.