Passwords to Change During a Divorce
Are you going through a divorce? Or is your divorce already final? Either way, there are several passwords you’ll want to change immediately if this is something you haven’t considered yet. Otherwise, your former spouse could access various sensitive and personal information. That means changing your passwords now will save you a big headache down the road. With that in mind, here are several passwords to change post-divorce.
Passwords to Change Post-Divorce
- Banking passwords (This applies to personal banking accounts. If you have joint accounts with your spouse, do not change any login info without consulting with your divorce lawyer first)
- Credit card pins (Again, for personal accounts)
- Social media login information (Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other accounts you might have)
- Your email password
- Your phone and computer password
- Passwords for shopping accounts (including Amazon)
- Music account passwords
- Keypad passwords for your home
- Passwords for cloud accounts
- Passwords for apps with location tracking, including fitness tracking applications like Map My Run
Why It's Important to Change Your Passwords
Changing your passwords post-divorce is essential for several reasons.
Changing your passwords can be important not only for your privacy but also for your safety. It is particularly true in the case of contentious divorces. You’ll want to make sure your ex-spouse can’t easily access your accounts and personal information, for starters.
Many accounts also link to banking information or offer someone else the ability to spend money in your name or on your accounts. Whether it’s from your former spouse or a random hacker, it’s essential to choose your new passwords carefully.
Best Practices for Choosing New Passwords
Your ex will have an advantage when it comes to guessing your passwords that some hackers might not: knowing a lot of your personal information. Things like your mother’s maiden name or the city you grew up in will be easier for them than a hacker across the world, highlighting the importance of choosing intelligent passwords no one is likely to guess.
Here are some tips to help you do that:
- Use a variety of characters, including numbers, letters, and symbols
- Use different passwords for different accounts
- Avoid easily guessed words like your name or the name of your pet
- Change your passwords regularly
- Store your passwords securely, preferably in a password manager
Other Post-Divorce Considerations
Changing your passwords is just one of many post-divorce considerations to keep in mind. You’ll also need to update your mailing address, contact information, and insurance policies. Be sure to notify your employer of your change in circumstances as well.
If you have children, ensure you establish or update custody and visitation arrangements. If you’re receiving or paying child support, get that paperwork sorted out as soon as possible. And don’t forget about money matters – make a budget and start tracking your expenses to get a realistic idea of what post-divorce life will look like for you financially.
Taking care of these administrative tasks early will help make the transition smoother and less stressful. With strategy, organization, and planning, you can manage post-divorce life more comfortably.
No matter where you are in your divorce journey, the Law Offices of Robert (Bob) Kassian are here to assist you. We offer several family law services in addition to divorce, including child custody, spousal support, and settlement negotiations.
Contact Robert Kassian today.
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