How to arrange for your digital legacy

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Most of us would rather avoid the topic of our digital legacy. What happens to our digital stuff after we die? Have you been paying much attention lately if your answer is "That's not gonna happen"?

If you are reading this, you know that you have a lot of digital stuff, both on your own devices and floating around in the cloud. If you are no longer around to pay attention, these can stay around for a long time. Who has the passwords to your bank accounts and credit cards?

Let's take a deep breath and talk about how to make things easier for your friends and relatives if something happens to you.

What happens to our digital stuff after we die?

If you have arranged for a will, then your executor will have legal standing to access your digital assets, as well as the person who is assigned to see that the terms of the will are carried out. As of this writing, it had not been passed by any of the states, but it had been introduced in Massachusetts.

Since it doesn't do your relatives or friends any good to have the right to take care of your data if they don't have your passwords, you might want to think aboutentrusting at least one person with the passwords to your computer and or password manager.

The Act does not apply to social media sites. It's possible to include someone you want toentrusting with your social media accounts in your will, which will make things simpler for them, but they still have to prove their right to handle those accounts.

If you are not able to handle your social media accounts, there are a few companies that have added features to let you plan ahead. Some of the major online services are handling the situation.

Apple has a digital legacy.

If you didn't have a recovery key, it was hard to get access to the account of a deceased family member. You can now name up to five Legacy Contacts who will have access to your account, thanks to Apple's Digital Legacy program. The program is available for free.

Legacy Contacts are set up.

Go to settings and tap on your name.
Password and security can be selected.
This is where you can add people who will be able to access and download your data after your death, as well as anyone who has listed you as a Legacy Contact. To add a name, tap on Add Legacy Contact.

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A trusted friend or family member can access your account.

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There are 10 Legacy Contacts.

The next page tells you that you should choose someone you trust and that the person will need to have a copy of your death certificate. You can add legacy contact by tapping on the button.
You will be shown a list of your friends. Pick one.
A page will explain what the contact will have access to. You can continue by tapping on Continue.

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You can send a message or print a PDF with your access key.

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The access key can be used to message your contact.

You can choose how to share your access key, which is a long string of numbers and letters. If you message your legacy contact with the access key and they accept it, the key will be stored in their Apple settings. You can either print out a hard copy or a PDF for them.

There is an inactive account manager for the internet.

Even if you are too ill to handle things, the Inactive Account Manager is a great tool for taking care of your digital legacy.

Go to the Inactive Account Manager and click on Start. When the inactive account manager will kick in, who to notify, and whether or not everything should be deleted are the three setup you will go through.

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There are a variety of options for what to do with your data.

If your account is inactive for three, six, 12, or 18 months, you have to decide if the manager should be activated. You are also asked to verify a phone number and email accounts where you can be contacted. If you haven't gone into the account, you'll be contacted by Google a month before your set time is up to make sure you're not still around.

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You have the option to choose how long you should wait.

You can list up to ten people who should be notified that your account hasn't been used. For each person, you can specify which apps they should have access to, ranging from your calendar and contacts to your Google account and purchases. You can let them have access to all your apps.

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You can tell your legacy contacts what data can be shared.

If you want, you can add their phone number so that they can be contacted by you, and you can also include a personal message to send them.
You can tell anyone who emails you that the account is no longer active with a Gmail message. You can send the message to everyone in your contact list, or only to people in your email list.

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You can reply to emails with a message.

You can have your entire account deleted three months after it is declared inactive. This will include any shared public data such as videos on the internet. If you have named someone who will have access to your account, you will give them three months before the account is pulled to save anything.

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After three months, your account will be deleted.

You will be given the chance to look over your plan and confirm that you want it.

The settings for memorialization on Facebook.

Memorialization settings is what Facebook calls its digital legacy feature. It is similar to Apple and Google in that it gives a chosen person access to your account after your death. There are some extra things to be aware of, because Facebook is often used to memorialize people who have died.

Click on the downward arrow in the upper right corner to go to the settings on the Facebook site. Make sure you are in the General section and select Memorialization settings.

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You can choose a friend to manage your account.

You can choose a legacy contact who will be able to manage tribute posts on your site, accept new friends, and update your profile if you choose. The person you choose will be contacted by Facebook, so it's a good idea to talk to them about it.
You can have your account permanently deleted by Clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. If you don't choose that, Facebook willmorialize your account if it finds out you're dead. The word "Remembering" will be placed on your page, your content will remain, and friends can leave messages on the timeline.

There is a social media site called the Twitter.

There is no way to posthumously transfer your account to a family member or friend. If you want to close down a deceased user's account, you have to fill out a form and send in a bunch of paperwork, including your own ID and a death certificate. They won't be able to access the account.

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If you have the right paperwork, you can have your account deleted by the social network.

It is on the social media site,Instagram.

Unlike Twitter, which has a way to plan ahead of time who will have access to your account or what they will do with it, there is no way to do that with Instagram. The site will remember the account once it gets proof, such as a newspaper clipping or a death certificate. If family members have the proper proof, they can request that an account be closed.

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You can turn someone's account into a memorial by filling out this form.

There are no specific features for when a user is no longer around on any other social media sites. The paperwork needed to enable an account to be deleted will be provided by those with legal standing.