How to keep your computer activities out of divorce court-Part II

by Annette Burns on August 26, 2005

This is a continuation of the article by Kim Komando on computer privacy issues in divorce matters.

Here are some more ways to prevent your Internet activities from surfacing during divorce or custody cases.

• Use caution when sending e-mail. It’s best not to disclose sensitive information or personal details because you don’t know how it might be used in court.

• Change your password regularly to keep your spouse from guessing it and be careful not to set any password reminders that your spouse can figure out.

• Don’t use e-mail for very sensitive correspondence. Internet service providers can be subpoenaed and forced to turn over your e-mail, including the contents of your trash folder. Even if you remember to empty your trash folder regularly, an ISP could still be forced to turn over backups of your mail folder designed to protect you in case you accidentally deleted an important message.

• Avoid chat rooms and Internet forums. Many people mistakenly believe they’re anonymous in forums and chat rooms. However, when you post messages online, your computer address is recorded. Anything you write is traceable to you.

• Avoid visiting potentially damaging Web sites that might raise questions about your fitness as a parent or spouse.

• Back up important data in a safe place because your spouse might benefit from "missing" information. Copy it to a CD or other long-term storage media and keep it in a safe-deposit box.

For the full article:  Link: USATODAY.com – How to keep your computer activities out of divorce court.

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