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Couples in midst of divorce should consider cyber security needs

In today's society, the demand for easy access to the myriad of online accounts and social media has lead to multiple avenues to link accounts. Unfortunately, what was meant to enable easy access can become detrimental when a couple is headed for a divorce. Though there are many California laws that attempt to address cyber security in general, this important issue is often overlooked by divorcing couples.

Many family law and internet security professionals are urging those who are considering a divorce to take steps to protect their online accounts. Because so many households share certain cyber storage options -- such as cloud technology -- multiple devices in the home are often linked to one another. While this enables ease of access regardless of the device one is using, it can become a way to breach the privacy of a soon-to-be-former partner.

It is recommended that all passwords for individual accounts be changed as soon as it becomes clear that a divorce is forthcoming. The most important password is likely the one that protects email accounts. Whenever other passwords are changed, the confirmation is usually sent to the primary email account. If this account remains accessible by the former spouse, then he or she will still have access to all private communications.

When one is changing these passwords, it may be beneficial to select different security prompts as a former partner may be able to guess the correct answers, which could lead to on-going privacy concerns. It is also suggested that cell phones be password protected as an additional security measure. There are many matters that need attention during the divorce process. California residents who are concerned about the process and all of the issues that will need to be resolved may seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help make the process as painless as possible.

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