What Makes up Your Digital Estate?

The Digital Legacy: a curse or an opportunity?

For as long as people have lived, it has always been hard to contemplate the matters of life and death. Although, the things that people had left behind back then seemed more physical and easier to pass on to our loved ones. But then man created the internet, which has been expanding rapidly, absorbing everything that is being typed through our computers. According to Domo, the estimated amount of users in 2015 is 3.2 billion (“Data never sleeps”) worldwide. Of course, not everything that is created daily would pass as “valuable content”.

As our daily lives become more intertwined with the digital frontier, so does the information that is valuable to us and our families. I know it is hard to ponder over death, but just think for a second “what will I leave behind?” An email account? A Facebook profile? Your daily newsletter subscription? But does that really matter to me? That is the question you should be asking yourself.

It is hard to imagine that any of the earthly problems would still bother you after your departure, but have a look from another perspective on this issue: what would have helped me in dealing with the passing of a beloved one? The common practice in this case would be to make a will. There comes a time in our lives when we start feeling that this issue should be straightened out. Most likely you would take a piece of paper, write down the things you own and the people, to whom you would like these things to be passed on to. Pretty straight forward. Now, let’s say you have a subscription to a music platform. Would you write that down in your will? A username and a password? There are so many things that we own, but that we are not able to touch. Your name has been written in countless online forms, many accounts have been created and so on, and so forth. Not all of it is valuable, but some of it is important. Your social security number. Or that photo you took of your children during holidays. I have been working at a pension fund and had seen situations when children could have inherited the assets of their parents but weren’t able to, because they not got knowledge of them. In 2012 ID Analytics conducted a research and found out that the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans had been stolen to apply for credit products and services each year (“Identities of Nearly 2.5 Million Deceased Americans Misused Each Year”). So, in parallel to the loss of a beloved one, your family could have to deal with such issues as well.

But not everything is that bad! We at unobliterate.com have come up with a solution that can help tackle these issues. Think of it as a digital vault, which will open and reveal itself after you’re not around anymore. You are the sole content creator – you can store anything from financial information to passwords to pictures. And in addition you are free to choose who gets this information. We know a way how to let your digital footprint become an opportunity, not a curse to your family.

Eleanore

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