After a separation, it is logical to think that you may need to change the locks on the house or change passwords to certain accounts. But with changing technology, there are additional considerations for couples after they separate.
There’s an app for everything these days. Many people use app-based rides, apps for your home security, apps for TV shows and social media. With all the online tools we use to manage our lives, the importance of addressing these accounts post-break-up is critical.
While most couples who separate will not try to login to an ex’s account or keep tabs on them, there are situations where tracking technology can be serious business. For example, a app-based ride system such as Uber keeps information about where a user is and where a user is going using the ride app. There are apps, such as Google maps, that allow for people to find other “friends” locations if not disabled. The “Ring” doorbell system allows for monitoring of who comes to one’s door and when.
The development of this technology raises concerns about the safety of the “smart home” which is controlled by technology and allows for more easy monitoring of a spouse, partner or ex. This is a serious concern for domestic abuse victims and individuals worried about stalking and control by their current or ex-spouse.
If you are concerned about whether you are taking the proper precautions with your technology after a break-up, make sure you consult with a professional to check your accounts and applications to ensure separation.