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How do I secure my social media after divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2022 | Divorce |

Being online can already be exhausting, but allowing your ex-spouse to be present on your social media could be the hair that breaks the camel’s back.

After divorce, you may want to reduce how much presence your ex has in your life, specifically online. Here’s what you may consider:

Altering your privacy settings

One of the great things about having a social media account is that companies provide their users with tons of privacy settings. Not only could you change your privacy settings but you may find alternatives to protecting your online activity. You may consider doing the following:

  • Create a new password: The very first thing you may consider doing is changing all of your passwords. Creating a strong, complex password, or having a password generator make one, could secure all of your personal information from your ex-spouse.
  • Create a new email: In an extreme case, you may need to change your password altogether. You may want to save your old email until you’ve changed it on all of your social media accounts.
  • Create new social media accounts: If you don’t want to make a new email, you may consider restarting your social media networks – essentially, starting from ground zero. New accounts could mean having more control over your online presence.
  • Set your account to private: For new or old accounts, most networking sites allow users to put their accounts in a private mode. This can limit who can see your accounts, especially your ex.
  • Limit your followers: Having your account public could attract unwanted attention. You don’t exactly know the intention of new followers. So you may consider limiting who can follow you to friends and family you know.
  • Limit who can make comments: Alternatively, you may not want certain comments showing up on your media posts. You may consider altering your privacy setting to limit user comments.

The greatest way to protect your online activity is to not be online at all, but some lifestyles and jobs don’t allow that. You may need to reach out for legal help when discussing your divorce arrangement.


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