These days, people live their lives increasingly on the internet, with online accounts, computer games and social media use all on the rise. While you’re alive, this poses no problem whatsoever but it’s important to have plans in place for such accounts after you’ve passed on.
It’d be wise to keep a list of all your online accounts somewhere at home in a notebook or similar, including all the passwords for each one, so that if you do die your relatives are able to put your digital legacy together easily.
Some platforms have already started making provisions for this. Facebook, for example, allows you to have your account memorialised or even permanently deleted. You can also create a legacy contact (one of your friends or family members) to manage your account after it’s been memorialised.
Recent research from SunLife Direct found that 63 per cent of people use social media sites and 60 per cent bank online, but just three per cent of people have put plans in place for their digital legacy.
“If you don’t let your family know about your digital legacy, not only will it be difficult for them to work out what’s what, but it could also mean that photos and videos you have posted onto social networks may never be recovered, so it really is worth making sure you have plans in place for your digital legacy,” the company’s commercial director Graham Jones said back in May.
Now could well be the time to start thinking about your own wishes for your digital legacy if you’re currently involved in funeral planning in Hertfordshire.