If you are recently divorced or are in the midst of a breakup, gaining separation (both physical and emotional) may be your top priority. It is understandable that you want to move on from such a painful experience. In doing so, changing one’s social media profile is part of moving on with life. But while “unfriending” your ex’s friends and switching from “married” to “single” on Facebook, it is critical to consider the full breast of electronic security.

If you think that a selfish or suspicious ex will not try to monitor your moves through your phone’s GPS system or former shared accounts, think again. Even in the “cleanest” breakups, one person may not be ready to let go and may go to extreme lengths to stay close to their ex, especially if children are not involved.  Because of this, it may be necessary to change the settings that allow other users to monitor where the phone may be at a given time.

Those who have shared security accounts (i.e. online security feeds associated with electronic doorbells) must also change their passwords and/or accounts. Similar to monitoring phone movements, a jealous ex may still be able to access the video stream from a security camera. This may also apply to smart-home security systems that allow doors to be unlocked with a simple phrase such as “Hey Siri, unlock the door.”

If you are concerned about electronic security after a divorce or the break-up of a long-term relationship, an experienced family law attorney can advise you.

The preceding is presented for informational purposes only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.