Handling Your Digital Presence After Death

by M-Rebeiro

So many of our personal items such as photos, videos and even letters only exist in digital form today. How will you pass them on after you die?

In a less digital age, communication between people happened mostly on a local level. Sure, there were likely business contacts and far-away family you kept in touch with but an obituary was enough to alert a good 90% of people you knew of your death. In an age where more and more friendships are made or maintained online, the ability for a loved one to be able to access this vast network in case of death is becoming increasingly important.

This is where the idea of a digital executor can be particularly helpful. A digital executor can act as a caretaker for your online life, cleaning up accounts, archiving content and deleting files from your computer. Choosing someone familiar with your online life who is savvy enough to handle the task is ideal.

This MyLifeScoop site helps you find companies that can handle it for you. From passing on passwords to up to 10 “heirs”, to full account transferring and post-mortem messages, these companies mostly provide similar services for varying fees.

If you’re more keen to do things yourself, this WikiHow site helps you sort out your online affairs before death by appointing a representative and making careful lists of accounts, forums and e-mails that will need to be accessed to notify your online presence of your passing. DeathAndDigitalLegacy also helps with this process, teaching you different ways to handle the process like a dedicated Gmail account.

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