Some Solutions to Internet Identity After Death

The key is a safe transition for your Internet identities.

The key is a safe transition for your Internet identities.

What happens to your Facebook or Twitter account if you become incapacitated or die? While some sites may merely wither away or be deleted, other accounts – such as your bank account and credit card accounts online – are open for hacking if passwords aren’t changed often.

We wrote an article about online asset management in March, but since that time a few solutions to online management have come on board to help Internet users pass on their online information securely. The two sites mentioned below also can be used to lead an efficient online life while you’re still alive and kicking, too.

San Francicso-based Legacy Locker is digital safe-deposit box of sorts, holding the virtual keys to your online accounts.

This site points out that while your will or estate or trust protects your physical assets, your Internet information is put out to dry when you die. You can use this site to create a current backup of hard-to-remember passwords, documents and other important information. Just imagine a place where you can gain access to your passport while traveling overseas…this site can do it for you.

But, it also can provide peace of mind if you use it to store and pass on access to all your online accounts. Legacy Locker also can send reminders to either update old passwords or add any new assets you may have created since your last login. With one simple account you can securely store your vital online information, and rest comfortably knowing that all of your digital assets can pass to the people who need to receive them.

You can now also use Legacy Locker to protect any document on your computer as a digital asset as well.

One time fee for Legacy Locker currently is $299.99, or you can opt for an annual $29.99 per year fee. You also can take a free test run with a trial account that contains three assets, one beneficiary and one legacy letter (a farewell message to someone you care about).

The other site is called – appropriately – Slightly Morbid. This site depends more upon notifying your friends about your situations (Katrina anyone?) or your death. The prices depend upon the number of friends you want to notify, your number of “trusted contacts,” categories and ‘Last Words’ messages. The fees, which are one-time costs, range from $10 to $50.

From the site:

At the most basic level, this service is designed to give people a place to consolidate their personal online contacts. Enter email addresses, handles or names if you wish, update them as needed. Once your account is set up, the site will generate a certificate with simple instructions for a trusted third party. Put the certificate with your important papers, or give it to whoever is designated to handle your affairs in an emergency. If there is an emergency, your trusted person can use those instructions to send a notification message, or trigger messages you’ve written yourself.

If you decide to use Slightly Morbid, you may need to add that account to Legacy Locker, as both sites are useful even for those who are alive and well.

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