There is so much to think about after a divorce is finalized that many people might overlook or even take for granted social media safety and how their various online profiles are currently structured. Granted, they feel like they already did their due diligence years ago — establishing privacy settings, creating secure passwords, and limiting the content they share. These are strategies that all of us should follow. That said, you should be even more aware of your social media safety after divorce.
Security checks and other good habits that were fine before may not be as foolproof now that so much has changed in your life. Even if you feel safe, taking another close look is worth ensuring you protect yourself and your family as you move forward in your new life.
4 Social Media Safety Tips After Divorce
1. Revisit your security settings
Social media companies have gone to great lengths to beef up their security policies in recent years. This includes advanced options like stricter password requirements and two-factor authentication. Take advantage of these extra layers of security. Even if your former spouse did not know your passwords, they may know your tendencies. Reset your passwords and go through the rest of your security settings with a fine-toothed comb.
2. Take a hard look at who is part of your social network.
The reality is that your list of close friends may have changed considerably after your divorce. You may even have shared connections with your former spouse that you either do not know very well or not at all. Go through your social networks on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc., and eliminate anyone who does not need to see what you post. Your former spouse is obvious, but look closer at others and decide who you feel comfortable leaving on there and who should quietly be deleted.
3. Scour your older posts and clean them up
Perhaps you went against your better judgment and posted a few unsavory things about your former spouse during the divorce process. While it may have felt good at the time to post something negative, keeping those posts active only keeps you tied to the past and could hurt relationships with your children, family, and friends. You need to remember that your children are a combination of you and your spouse. When you bash your spouse, you indirectly bash your children and force them to be stuck in the middle of your marital issues.
4. Limit what you share moving forward
Even if your social media accounts are private, you should always be cautious when posting anything. Even if you are not connected with someone on social media after divorce, nothing stops a friend or family member from sharing that information with your spouse or someone else who will.
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