Clear rules needed for managing digital afterlife

Revenues generating online operations

Like some, you may also have a side project (or a few) which you have built over time, and that provide you with some cash. Online advertising, tools, online services, selling documents, … are a few projects that you will have to consider. If you’re not here to take care of them, who should? Do you want someone to take over — or to close the activity? The question of an ebook is another example. If you have an ebook sold on Amazon, your heirs are supposed to receive the intellectual property rights.

eBay stores an be an other issue. eBay will close any store on demand and reception of a proof of death, but in the meanwhile, all the trading comments, feedback and partners can be lost. In a market where trust is gold, it can be threatening for an online business.

Another issue can also be domain names. Today, some domain names can sell for tens of thousands of dollars apiece and represent a part of the online business. But holding such a name is similar to a lease: if you fail to renew it on time, competition can seize it at a very low price. Think of it carefully, as they are businesses : and most businesses have been transmitted in legacies for centuries!

 

Clear rules needed for managing digital afterlife

Professional data, 101

If you are an employee, chances are that your company does have some solution to access your mails, projects correspondence, etc, so it’s not a huge problem for you there. Concerning online freelancers, you may have money left on freelancer websites,

projects ongoing, with customers waiting. It could be a good idea to leave an access and appropriate instructions to these resources to make sure that everything can be closed properly.

Business owners also have responsibilities there. Of course, online financial assets have to be considered, but you will have to list account management tools, project management websites, advertising contracts… How can one be sure that the business can still be done if some people are not granted access? There, you can still prepare documents listing the business online account, latest business plans/business models, instructions for your staff.

A common example is the case of invoices and clients records being stored on a password protected medium. In this situation, it is quite difficult to settle business affairs without using a “digital forensic” or a hacker.

Clear rules needed for managing digital afterlife

eBook: table of content.

BOOK

I. Introduction

II. Good practices

III. Steps to follow: an audit

  • 1. Do an online cartography
  • 2. Remove what you don’t use
  • 3. Cloud what you can
  • 4. Update a password list
  • 5. And do it regularly

IV. To be prepared if sh*t happen

  • Prepare a will executor
  • A trendy alternative
  • Prepare a digital legacy locker
  • Do you want a physical locker ?
  • Prepare your data flows today
  • Write out instructions for each package
  • The Poor Man solution
  • Get to know more

V. Bye

  • Beware !
  • Thanks!
  • Long live the King (or Queen)
  • BONUS
  • A service checklist

List of services // digital legacy tools 

Death policies of your the different services you may use