Divorcing Your Spouse: How To Safely Remove Them From Joint Accounts

When you host a show about all things tech on over 400 radio stations in the US, this question comes up quite often: “How do I know if my partner is cheating?”

My best advice is to have an honest conversation with your partner, with the support of a couples therapist. Still, cheating leaves a lot of technical breadcrumbs. You have to know where to look.

When a relationship ends, tech lives also need to be unraveled.

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Start with a list

The longer you’re with someone, the more accounts, passwords, and devices you share. Sit down and make a list of everything you can think of. Check your browser’s saved passwords for inspiration. Sign out of each account on each device, one at a time, and then change your passwords.

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Here is a list to get you thinking:

E-mail: If your ex has your password, you signed in on their device, or shared an account or device, sign out and change your password.

Banks or other financial sites: Set up a new online account with your new bank account.

Social media: Have you shared your passwords or logged into Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter or other social media sites? Yes, change these passwords.

Cloud storage: This includes access to your Apple, Google Drive, Dropbox, and online backup accounts.

Shopping online: Amazon is a must. Check your recent bank statements to remember where else you have online accounts.

Next, I’ll walk you through the steps to sign out of any device on a few key websites and services.

Google

Since your Google account could be linked to your email, contacts, location history, searches, photos and more, this is a big challenge.

To see each device signed into your account:

Go two google.com/devices. You have to log in.

You’ll see a list of devices you’re currently signed into or have used in the last 28 days.

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You may see the same device multiple times, and this is normal. You can click each to see which browser was used. This could be an indication that someone else has signed in – for example, you see Microsoft Edge but always use Chrome.

For each device that you know doesn’t belong to you, click on it, then select “Don’t see something?” Google will deregister this device remotely. After that, change your password.

Part of saying goodbye is getting rid of social media posts that mention your ex.Here’s a faster way than swiping one by one.

Amazon

Your balance and money are tied to Amazon. Even if your ex wouldn’t use your account to buy things, would you want them to see what you’re buying and streaming? no

Open Amazon and hover over “Hello [your name]Accounts & Lists.”

Under Your Account, click Account.

Choose Registration & Security. You may need to sign in again.

Below you will see “Spoofed account?” click begin.

A notification will be sent to your email address. Once approved, you can opt out from any device connected to your account. Do this and then change your password.

Amazon logo.

Amazon logo.
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Facebook

Here’s how to see the devices logged into your Facebook account. The easiest way to do this is from a computer.

Sign in and then click the down arrow in the upper right corner.

Click on Settings & Privacy > settings.

Finally click on Security and Registration.

You will see a section called Where you are logged in. It shows the two most recent devices and their approximate login locations. press the See more Option for a wider view.

Review each listing carefully, looking for places you’ve never been or devices you don’t own.

Pro tip: using a VPN can reflect on your past locations. Check which city your VPN connects through before you panic.

Don’t use a VPN? It is a must for privacy so you can keep your business activities. my advice is ExpressVPN.

You can click the three dots next to a device on this page to select Not you? or “Sign out”.

The first option gives you more details about the device and where it is located, along with steps to secure your account. The latter option deregisters this device.

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Netflix

You can see any enrolled device and remotely unenroll it in a few taps. It is easiest to do this task from your computer.

Sign in to your Netflix account. If you have multiple profiles, select your profile to go to the Netflix home page.

Hover over your profile icon and select Account.

In the Settings section, select Sign out of all devices.

Confirm this and click log out

Spotify

Streaming isn’t just movies and TV. If you shared a Spotify account, don’t forget to revoke access.

To sign out from all devices and browsers:

Sign in to your account page.

click Sign out everywhere.

Note that this does not include speakers, TVs, or game consoles. To remove your account, go to your apps page and select remove access.

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