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3 things to do after a divorce to protect your online accounts

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2022 | Divorce |

Divorce can give many people the chance to start a new life, but people typically have to wrap up loose ends first before that happens. One of the many things divorced people overlook is their online accounts.

Many married couples have social media accounts, emails or streaming services that they share with their spouses. After divorce, however, people may need to know how to protect their online data. Here’s what you should know:

Protecting your social media and streaming devices

Whether it’s to protect yourself from hackers, keep your personal info hidden from data brokers or keep your ex-spouse from accessing your accounts, many companies provide users with privacy options. You may consider doing the following:

Change your passwords: Over 50% of people use the same password for every. It’s often the easiest thing to do, but it could leave your ex-spouse open to access any of your accounts. You may need to consider changing all your passwords and using programs to create strong, unpredictable passwords. 

Enable two-factor authentication: Many companies realize that passwords can protect their users so much. That’s why users may have the option for two-factor authentication on their accounts. This simple privacy setting creates a second wall to prevent the wrong people from accessing accounts.

Cancel subscriptions: If you look at your bank statements, do you notice any subscription changes going to streaming accounts? If you do, and you didn’t make the subscription, your spouse may have an account you don’t know about. You may need to consider contacting your bank or credit union to cancel the subscriptions. 

When seeking a divorce, you need to ensure your personal information is protected. You may need to reach out for legal help to know your options.