Digital Life After Death - What You Need To Know

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, January 28, 2019

Digital life after death is a reality of modern life where the use of the internet has pervaded almost every aspect of life. There is curiosity to understand what digital life after death encompasses and how to plan for it.

Important Digital Assets

  • Email accounts like Gmail, yahoo, Hotmail
  • Social media accounts such as instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Skype, WhatsApp - Digital conversations
  • Online shopping for a variety of merchandise
  • Online bank accounts and payment of bills and netbanking
  • Credit, debit and ATM cards
  • E-trading on stock markets
  • Google /Apple accounts
  • Cloud for data storage

In short, you are leaving your digital footprint everywhere. It is important to keep a track of these assets and maintain a register to note their location. This will help your family handle matters related to these accounts after your death.

Decoding The Digital World

When you enter the digital world, you create passwords and accept privacy conditions as a routine without ever thinking of their ramifications. All digital assets are not transferable after your demise. Some common examples are downloads of books and music. Similarly, your online banking transactions and E-trading passwords will not be known to your heirs. You will need to keep them informed about these accounts and passwords.

Keep Records of Digital Content

It is useful to keep physical records of your digital presence for use by your heirs. It is true that your digital assets get automatically closed after your death but they are in the custody of social media owners and open to misuse. Keeping these physical records can help family members ensure these digital assets and handled well post your death.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call 318-640-1375 today.

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