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Afterlife: How To Protect Your Digital Legacy

Death isn’t something many people are comfortable talking about, but it’s become more and more evident that planning for it is a wise move. You work hard to be able to live the life you want, and planning for contingencies in this case isn’t daring death to ‘come for you.’ It’s taking the time to pragmatically think things out, and then take control of how your personal, professional, and digital assets can be taken care of. Just in case.

Related article:  Disaster Recovery and Your Business

For a quick background context, here are four articles highlighting the issues people have encountered when they lost loved ones:

  • Don’t Let Your Husband Take His Passwords to the Grave (Leslie Milk , Washingtonian)
    “I told my email provider my husband died. Then they locked me out of our account. “
  • What Happens After A Hacker Dies (Patricia Hernandez, Kotaku)
    “On December 2014, Michael Hamelin, a hacker and physicist, died in an unfortunate car crash. He is survived by his wife, a scientist named Beth Hamelin—who not only has to deal with the grief that comes with a loved one passing on, but also has to manage the intense security measures that Hamelin left behind.”
  • Here is another viewpoint on the same family: Dealing With The Digital Afterlife Of A Hacker (Patrick Howell O’Neill, DailyDot.com)
  • Death leaves online lives in limbo (Peter Svensson, USAToday.com)
    “When Jerald Spangenberg collapsed and died in the middle of a quest in an online game, his daughter embarked on a quest of her own: to let her father’s gaming friends know that he hadn’t just decided to desert them.”

You have an on-line life as well as an offline life — don’t leave your family or business twisting in the wind by ignoring one in favor of the other, or by sticking your head in the sand. It’s neither good business practice nor well-thought out to do so.With the way we live, things are too  interconnected to “just leave it to God” and “hope for the best.”   And hope alone has never been a strategy.

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How Much Do You Know About Digital Hygiene?

The fact that you’re scanning this proves that you have a device that connects you to the internet and lets you read on it. It doesn’t even have to be a personal computer, as the smartphone revolution has given billions of people access to the world wide web than ever before.

This means you have a digital device, a digital presence, and a digital foot-print. Whatever device you use — computer, tablet, phablet or smartphone — you have an internet connection and online accounts (email, social media) that lets you talk with other people. You probably have more than a few online profiles.

If you own an online business, even better. You have all that and pay for a domain name and registration, security certificates, and hosting for your website, as well as own business information, customer information, and mailing list data.

Data Storage Solutions, the original article that inspired this one, was written way back when flash drives were just starting to be a thing. To say that a lot has changed since then would be a massive understatement. Now more than ever, you have to be more digitally savvy of how to handle your on-line accounts and data resources.

On a universal level, security is vital. You protect your privacy and your data, it’s just common sense. Hackers can compromise your identity — not just your online persona, but your identity. They can hold your data hostage, or ruin your brand. One breach, and the integrity and security of your data can be devastated. Four words: credit-card identity theft. Which is just one example.

On the street there are ATM skimmers, online there are phishers, brute-force hackers, malware and ransomware.  On your side of the computer screen there’s, well — there’s you. When was the last time you checked if you had a strong password? Have you added 2-step authentication to all your important accounts? And get this — do you actually remember the answers to your security questions? Continue reading How Much Do You Know About Digital Hygiene?

Legacy Locker: Dealing With The Other Side of Your Online Identity

Legacy Locker is a safe, secure repository for your vital digital property that lets you grant access to online assets for friends and loved ones in the event of loss, death, or disability.”

Most people rarely like to think of their own death, or of being involved in a life-changing accident. That’s understandable. The ones who do tackle the grim possibility of a disabling event, or their eventual, inevitable end, and take steps to take care of their families in case something happens to them are the ones who think ahead.

Legacy Locker is an on-line service, along with other companies like Asset Lock and Deathswitch , that handles the privacy, storage and protection of your on-line assets.

You can store your user names and passwords to your Facebook, Paypal and all of your other on-line accounts, or upload scanned copies of important documents to your Legacy Locker.

After which, you can choose two trusted verifiers to back you up in real-life, and handle the contents of your Locker according to your wishes, in case something does happen to you. Continue reading Legacy Locker: Dealing With The Other Side of Your Online Identity