Remove your ex from your digital footprint
You leave a digital trace wherever you go. Cookies track which sites you visit and your browsing habits are used to create a profile of you. Your phone, computer, social networks, and various accounts all contribute.
New privacy options let you slow down the tracking and amount of information you provide online, but you’re unlikely to really be able to remove yourself from the internet. However, you can take steps in this direction. Tap or click here for getting started instructions.
Breaking up a relationship is not easy these days. You have a lot more digital channels, and it’s not enough to block your ex on social media. But, if you really want to move on, there is more you can do to cut the cord.
Audit your accounts online
Couples share accounts. It’s an offer. When things are done, you need to change your passwords. Whether you both know it or there’s a chance they have your information, it’s a safe decision. You don’t want a bitter ex to interfere in your affairs.
- To change your Facebook password on mobile, go to Settings and privacy> Settings> Security & connection> Change password. On your PC, go to Settings and privacy> Settings> Security and connection and click Edit beside Change Password.
- To change your password on Facebook Messenger, press your Profile icon, then Account settings> Security and connection> Change password.
- On Instagram, tap the burger menu icon and go to Settings> Security> Password.
- If you want to change your Gmail password, open your Google account and select security. So choose Password under Log in to google. You will need to log in again, after which you can enter a new password. Google itself tracks your searches, links clicked, YouTube history, location history, and more. Tap or click here to see what Google is following and how to do something about it.
- For Netflix, sign in to your account from a computer and select your profile. Hover over your icon and click Account, then scroll to Sign out of all devices. Log in to your account again and go to Account. This time click Change Password. If your ex has their own profile on your account, go to Manage profiles and select it, then press Delete profile.
- To start someone from your Hulu, go to your Account page and select Manage devices, then delete the ones you want to disconnect. To change your password, go to your account and select Change Password under the Your account section.
Check all of your accounts to see what you are sharing. Check your phone plan. Be careful if you share cloud services like iCloud – this could give others access to your emails, texts, photos, contacts, notes, calendars and more.
- To change your iCloud password, you will need to change your Apple ID password. On your iOS device, go to Settings> [your name] > Password and security> Change password.
Your ex probably knows a lot about you: the street you grew up on, where you were born, your mother’s maiden name, your first car, the name of your first pet, etc. These are common security questions, and your answers may give someone access to your account even though they’ve never shared it with you.
Log in to your bank, medical, and other accounts and edit your answers. Lying can not only protect you from your ex’s prying eyes, but also prevent hackers from gaining access to your information. Just make sure you remember your wrong answers! While you’re at it, make sure your passwords are strong. Find out which generation is the worst when it comes to password creation.
Smart home technology
Your smart home devices can give a vengeful ex-lover access you’d rather not have. The first step is to change your router’s password. You will need to access your router’s configuration page through your web browser. Consult your router’s instruction manual for how to get there. Tap or click here to learn how to switch your home network from public to private.
Check if your ex has access to other smart devices in your home, such as security cameras, smart locks, garage door openers, speakers, smart shades / shades and more.
- Just when you thought you were done with your breakup, Facebook pops up with a painful memory. To get rid of these sad reminders, go to facebook.com/souvenirs and select Hide people under Settings. Then click inside the box that says, Start typing a name … and enter the people you don’t want to see in your memories. Then click Save.
- To hide people from Google Photos Memories, open the Google Photos application and press your profile icon. Tap Photo settings> Memories> Hide people and pets. Tap the faces of the people you want to hide in Memories. When you’re done, hit the back arrow and you’re good to go.
- As far as Apple is concerned, the ability to hide specific people in your Souvenir photos will come with iOS 15.
If you are in the unfortunate situation of a breakup, be sure to take these precautionary steps. They will protect your digital life and give you the peace of mind that things won’t go wrong on the road.