Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Arranging electronic access for your survivors

I know - a touchy subject, death. Just as I try to keep preparations going for disasters/emergencies/retirement, I do plan for the end of me, which has a much higher chance of actually happening. Since my life is pretty wrapped up in technology - social networking accounts, extra hard drives full of files, email accounts all over the place - I figure that is a part that needs to be dealt with by whomever is taking care of my affairs after I am finished.

There was a post on SlashDot last year on methods to arrange access to your digital life for your survivors:
http://ask.slashdot.org/askslashdot/08/11/25/178242.shtml


I saw this article yesterday:
Life insurance for your passwords: Legacy Locker
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10192306-2.html

The Legacy Locker service isn't up until April. Since it is possible that online services can lose their data (like ma.gnolia's story earlier this year http://ma.gnolia.com/ ), you will still need to keep some sort of backup (print, file on a memory stick in your safe deposit box), just in case.

Next difficult/awkward topic - to stream the funeral over the Internet, or not:
Funerals are now just a mouse click away
http://omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10581311

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Teri--excellent post. I have vaguely thought about this ... just as I've wondered about keeping my blog live after I die ... but I haven't done anything about it.

I'm going to look into all of this, and also link to this post. Good info, thanks!

Jeanne

 
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