By Jonathan Fields, Esq.
Many couples have a shared family computer — which, for convenience sake, can work pretty well. When you’re going through a divorce, that changes.
If you’re still living in the house with your spouse but going through divorce or considering separation, stop using the computer. Consider a new purchase. If you’re separating and leaving the spouse with the shared family computer, you must do a few things.
Make sure you: clear all your passwords, the auto-fill history, and the web browser history. You don’t want your spouse to log in to your email or social network accounts.
Here’s how to clean popular web browsers:
Chrome: Go to History > Show Full History, then check the boxes to clear form data as well as cookies, cache, download, and browsing history. Don’t check the box to clear “Passwords” unless you want to leave your partner high and dry; instead, go into Settings (Preferences on Mac), scroll to Passwords and Forms, and select Manage passwords to delete logins for your accounts only.
Firefox: Go to Options (Preferences on Mac) > Security > Saved Passwords and select your logins. Then go to History > Clear Recent History, select Everything, then check every box for browsing and download history.
Internet Explorer: In Windows, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options > Delete browsing history, and check every box except Passwords. Also from Control Panel, select User Accounts > Credential Manager > Web Credentials, then delete your accounts.
Safari: Go to Preferences > Passwords and select your accounts, and Safari > Reset Safari to clear your browsing and download history.
NOTE FROM FIELDS AND DENNIS — THIS IS PART OF A SERIES ON CYBER ISSUES AND DIVORCE. FOR MORE SEE HERE.