Your Digital Legacy Can Live On

Your Digital Legacy Can Live On

I read with interest this week that an estimated 11% of people in the UK are leaving their internet passwords in their will so that their loved ones can access their personal data online.

A survey commissioned by cloud computing company Rackspace concluded that more than a quarter of the 2,000 people asked had digital assets worth more than £200. With photographs, films and videos so easily stored online, they have in many cases replaced the hard copy photo album and DVD. When you lose someone, it makes sense that you’d still want to be able to access those assets rather than leaving them online.

By 2020, a third expect to store all their music online, whilst a quarter anticipated keeping all their photos online. In addition, passwords for sites such as Facebook and Flickr are also being included in wills to ensure that personal data can be protected. It’s a sensible idea given how difficult it can be to get hold of these passwords.

Facebook pages can often become tributes to the person, but can also fall victim to spammers or malicious comments, so bequeathing your passwords can allow those left behind to maintain these pages or close them down.

Only the other day, I was shocked to see Facebook suggesting I might want to be friends with someone who is no longer with us – it’s the decent thing to empower relatives to take these pages down if it’s not appropriate that they’re online any more. I hate to be old school about it, but I’m not sure being left an eBook or Flickr account is quite as precious as the original book or a box of old photos owned by someone you loved!

What are your thoughts?

Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?

Digital Death Guide – What Happens Online After You Die?

Each of us represent an average person on this globe. Most of us have Facebook account where we will share hundreds of contents including photos, videos and emotions yearly. Some of us will probably have Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest and other social channels as well.

More than 70% of the online population are using social networks and this number is growing faster everyday. The one thing that the 1.1 billion people currently on social networks have in common is that they are all going to die one day.

Life Insurance Finder published a really interesting infographic which offers us some preparation ideas for the inevitable:

– Gmail can send your next of kin all your emails and contacts on request. And so can Hotmail.

– Twitter can give your next of kin a copy of all your public tweets.

– Do you have any digital dirty laundry you should be worried about? All your data stored in the cloud belongs to the individual platform provider and they might use it unless you disallow them to.

– Will you want to one day to resurrect your digital self or perhaps even create a living clone or hologram of you that could interact with future generations? Personality predictors already exist such as ‘that can be my next tweet’ and ‘Hunch’ that can make certain predictions based on your social media data.

– With Life Naut you can build a mind file of almost your entire life experience. .

Where do you see your digital self in 100 years?

If you are really paranoid, here’s the comprehensive version of the digital death planning guide for reference.

Your digital legacy – what happens when you die?

Your digital legacy – what happens when you die?

You have several social media profiles, a few email addresses, online banking and probably a hundred registrations on various sites all over the Internet. Have you ever stopped to think what will happen to your online presence when (not if) you eventually die? Is there anyone you know who could access all of it, if that day came sooner than you think?

‘Digital’ Wills?

You may feel that if you have passed your details and passwords on to your loved ones (perhaps in your will) that they will simply be able to take care of all the paperwork on your behalf. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case – there are legal hoops to jump through and the end result is not always easily arrived at.

Apps to the rescue

Thankfully the world of Apps has come to the rescue. It is now possible to store your online accounts credentials in one place where they can be accessed by your family after your death. One of these is Angel Alerts where your passwords, security questions and ID’s can be looked after in a secure environment until your executer gains access. You simply make that person your digital heir and all it will take is proof of your death to allow them access.

Digital memories for your loved ones

Your digital online presence is not only a place where your identity is stored, it is a place where memories are kept. If you want your family to have access to your most precious online accounts, cloud-stored photos, Facebook conversations and Twitter messages – you need to think ahead and create the perfect environment for this to happen.