Planning for what happens to your digital life after your death

Digital Death

In the past when you died your family would still have your computer which they either knew the password too or more likely the device did not have a password. When going through your machine, they would find family documents, photos and possibly videos.

Today, you probably store your data in online services like one drive, google drive, Dropbox and many other “Cloud” storage areas. Your family are unlikely to know about all your storage areas and even less likely to have the login details especially if you follow good security practices.

Then there is what to do with social media accounts, in mine, I still have friends who died years ago.

Now there are cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. If nobody knows about your Bitcoin wallet or how to log in, then your bitcoins are lost forever. There is no central bank to grant access.

Planning for your digital death is essential. Make a list of all your online accounts and login details and keep it updated. Store it somewhere you family can access it and tell them where it is. A good solution would be to print it out and store it in a fireproof safe.

This document is both valuable and dangerous so when you update it don’t forget to shred the old copy with a quality shredder.

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