It’s Never Too Early To Plan For Your Digital Afterlife

03/05/2017 at 7:14 | Mary Brooke // Staff Writer
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Thinking about planning for life after death is a very strange, I can’t even imagine the thought of dying, it seems so far off. But the truth is we really don’t know when our time will come, so to be safe here’s how to plan for your digital afterlife. According to WNET, “Here’s what you need to know about how you can leave your accounts in good hands when you die — and what companies will (and will not) reveal to your digital heirs.” It’s just smart planning to have this kind of situation planned out. Find a family member or friend that you trust with your digital logins.

Google- You can add up to 10 friends and family members who will be informed if your account is inactive for a certain amount of time. These members, with your permission, will be able to download data from your accounts for three months.
Microsoft-  Microsoft offers Next of Kin, you will have to manually add members that you grant access to your account data.
Yahoo- Yahoo will not release any of your data when you die, you will need to provide your friends and family with your login information.
Facebook- Facebook allows you to designate a legacy contact who cannot see any private messages but are given access to manage of your account when you die.
Twitter- Twitter does not allow you to grant anyone access to your account when you die. Immediate family members and people who are authorized to act on your behalf can request that your account be deactivated.
Instagram- Instagram is owned by Facebook, but does not offer the same legacy contact option. Instagram instead memorializes the account.

Mary Brooke Beasley has a healthy obsession with all things related to cats, fashion, and the color pink! She mainly writes trending topics, celebrity gossip, and lifestyle pieces.

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