For many couples, it’s share and share alike when it comes to the family computer. There may be a single computer in the household where all of the financial data and records are kept. When each member of the couple has certain responsibilities that they take care of independently, passwords into accounts and important information may be accessible only to them. When something happens to one of them, such as a serious illness or an unexpected death, the other person may be left in a sticky situation when they are unable to access needed data.
The way that you store data on a shared computer may never become an issue. If it does, it could mean being unable to pay bills, access health insurance information, or retrieve treasured family photos. The same security that you use to keep your information safe from hackers and viruses could complicate your life at a time when you already have more than enough to deal with.
To make sure you always have access to your important documents and other information, determine which storage system is best for your needs and make sure you both have access to all of the data you need to share. Saving passwords on the computer is risky business. Instead, keep a log where you both write down the passwords you use on individual accounts so they are always accessible whenever either of you needs them.
Some people do not want to share their information to let their significant other have access to their email accounts. If you insist on keeping yours private, make sure there is no mutually important information there that may be needed when you are unable to access it.
Using an external hard drive to back up data is one option that is fairly easy for most people to do. An option that is growing more popular is cloud-based storage. This reduces the space limitations so that you can put all of your documents and other types of data together in a single location where it is safe and accessible from any mobile device. That means if you need to read your spouse’s insurance policy from the hospital, you can!
If you are a photo fanatic, cloud storage may be right up your alley. You will finally have a secure place to keep all of your pictures where you can view them, access for printing, or share them with friends and family on social media sites. Instead of letting photos sit in a box where they will never be seen, cloud storage makes it easy to share them with others and make old memories new again.
Keep in mind that having a mutual data storage location and keeping records of passwords will help you keep data that you need in a pinch readily available to you. It doesn’t mean that you do not need to be just as stringent about security to keep your computer and your data secure at all times. Keep your computer protected and make sure the two of you are the only ones accessing your data.