Trend: Digital Wills to Protect Your Online Content after You Die

computerIf you die, can your friends and relatives get onto your Facebook wall to let people know that you've passed? More importantly, can they access and delete your collection of untalented and somewhat unsettling My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic sketches on deviantArt? There are now companies set up to make sure that your digital legacy can be reached and managed after you, the keeper of the passwords, have died:

By accessing the information from a secure server, an executor can erase secret email folders, close subscriptions to gambling or pornography websites or remove photographs from Facebook pages.

The “digital wills” keep passwords in a secret location but can allow paying clients to update them. When they die, a named guardian can access the information when a death certificate is presented. [...]

Cirrus Legacy, one of Britain's first digital legacy companies, has more than 500 clients after being founded earlier this year.

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Have you made your online content accessible after you die?



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This is an interesting topic of discussion, as the more accounts we hold online, the more there is for next of kin to sort out after we go. A lot of people are concerned about the things they don't want others to find after they've departed, but what about the things that they want their loved ones to keep hold of?

I've written a blog about how you can create a journal of the parts of your online life that you'd want to remain as your legacy. You can read it here: http://blog.socialsafe.net/2012/11/20/who-will-deal-with-your-facebook-account-when-you-die/

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