On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in blog on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Florida readers know that for some couples, divorce can be a messy, contentious process. Because of the stress and emotions involved with ending a marriage, one party may feel the temptation to use technology and the internet to spy on or stalk the other party. Some people feel that this could give them an advantage in divorce negotiations or provide grounds for intimidation.
Using certain tools, such as GPS navigation trackers, and other means, cyberspying and stalking is becoming a more common factor in many divorces. Because many couples share email accounts and online profiles, it can be more difficult to keep certain information private and extricate the two online lives. If you are facing a divorce, it is prudent to learn how to protect yourself, your online information and your interests against spying and other tactics.
Will spyware play a role in your divorce?
Certain phone applications, GPS trackers and even programs that can trace what a person types on his or her keyboard make digital spying more prevalent and easier than ever before. For a minimal amount of money, a spouse can use tech to track the other person, find out where he or she is going and attempt to use that information against him or her. If you believe that you could face online tracking or other forms of spying, you can do the following to protect yourself:
- Set up separate email accounts
- Change passwords
Log out of your social media accounts and other accounts when using a shared computer
- Change the security questions you use for certain accounts
- Change your phone number and use new email address when corresponding about your divorce
One of the first steps you can take in your efforts to protect yourself against spyware and other forms of digital tracking is to reach out for help as soon as possible. It is never too early in the divorce process to begin to protect your interests.
Responding to intimidation tactics
A person can use spying and tracking as tools to intimidate and coerce the other party. You do not have to simply take it. You can fight back, work to shield your privacy, hold the other person accountable and seek a divorce order that is beneficial for you for years to come.
You can start with a complete evaluation of your case to understand how to stand up for yourself and protect your privacy against cyberstalking and spying.