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After a divorce, how do you protect your online services?

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Divorce |

When a couple is still married, sharing internet information is usually never an issue. Many couples who get married share streaming services to cut costs. In rare circumstances, couples even exchange financial information and are aware of each other’s social media profiles. 

After divorce, you might want to restrict your ex-spouse from accessing your accounts. Providing your ex with too much information might work against you. Here are some actions to think about:

Update your login information

Almost no social networking or streaming website will let you in without requesting your password. Because there are so many online sites, many users choose short, easy-to-remember passwords for each account – despite what experts recommend.

The majority of people’s email addresses act as a direct connection to their other accounts. To make it extra difficult for your ex to access your accounts, you may consider changing your email password to something unrelated to you or using a password randomizer. Following your email, you may want to go to every one of your online accounts and change those passwords.

Cancel unwanted streaming subscriptions

Many spouses subscribe to a streaming service during a marriage. This account may be personal or used by you as well. If you find the subscription is taking needed money out of your pocket, however, you may need to consider canceling the subscription. That also makes it harder for your ex to access your other accounts (especially if you use common passwords).

If you can’t access the account where the subscription is being made or the subscription renews, you may need to consider reaching out to your bank who can put a stop to it. 

You may need to reach out for legal help when discussing plans for divorce. Having someone by your side throughout the process can make it much easier to manage.