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Protecting Your Digital Information During Divorce

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Protecting Your Digital Information During DivorceCybersecurity should always be a priority because of the sensitive personal information that we have on our digital devices and on the internet. Think of the damage that someone could do to your life if they had unfettered access to your computer or knew the passwords to your private accounts. If you have not made an effort to strengthen your cybersecurity, during your divorce is a good time to start. Your spouse – not an anonymous hacker – may be the person most interested in accessing your digital information. You cannot rely on the same security methods as during your marriage.


You should change the passwords or personal identification numbers for accessing your digital devices and accounts, even if you never shared them with your spouse. There are several reasons to do this:

  • Your spouse may have seen your passwords written on a piece of paper or within a digital file;
  • Your passwords should not include any personal information that your spouse may be able to guess; and
  • Your spouse could have learned an encrypted password if they had access to your digital device.

Knowing your passwords could allow your spouse to spy on your private messages and access your individual financial accounts. It might not even be illegal if you shared a password with them and never changed it. A two-factor authentification process is a simple way to improve your password security. The account will notify you if someone attempts to log in from an unrecognized device and will send an authentification code to your phone or email.

Accessing Your Devices

Hacking is a more aggressive way of gaining access to your digital devices and the information on them. There are programs that could allow your spouse to track your phone and hack your text and voice messages. You can try to prevent this by changing your phone number and service provider and using a program to encrypt your messages. Your spouse could also install spyware onto your digital devices, which would allow them to remotely access your data. This is illegal and could result in criminal charges if your spouse is caught. You should run a program on your devices that checks for spyware.

Contact a Barrington Divorce Lawyer

Most spouses will not stoop to spying or illegally accessing private information during a divorce, but it is smart to protect yourself against that possibility. You do not want your spouse to learn about sensitive information or conversations without your permission. A Barrington, Illinois, divorce attorney at John M. Lucas & Associates, LLC, will value your privacy and security during the divorce process. Call 847-381-8700 to schedule a consultation.


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