How big is your digital footprint? When we think about dying we often think about our physical presence and how our absence will affect loved ones. But have you ever thought about what happens to your digital trail? Like it or not, almost everyone now has a digital legacy – so what do you want to happen to yours after you’re gone?
Things you have and own online
Most people now have at least one email account, several social media accounts and an array of other accounts with different providers and businesses. A digital legacy includes:
- Email accounts
- Social media accounts
- Internet banking & PayPal accounts
- Shopping & gaming accounts
- Web hosting, blogs etc.
The list goes on and on. What do you want to happen to all of these online accounts and digital assets when you pass away? If you don’t leave instructions and your log in details, then you won’t get a say.
The contents of a digital will
A digital will is not a digital version of a Last Will and Testament. This is a legal document which needs to be signed and contains information of your estate. A digital will only refers to your digital assets, and may not stand up in the court of law.
In a digital will, you can include details of your digital heirs or assign certain online accounts to family and friends. Leave instructions on what you would like to happen to these accounts; should they be closed and shut down or do you want to remain on Facebook and Twitter? Your friends and family may find comfort in looking through your digital life and social media accounts hold many photographs and memories.
Many people do not make a digital will and this can leave families struggling to know what to do or unable to access important information.
A digital goodbye
The trouble with creating a digital will is finding a secure place to store it, as it will include all of your confidential account details and passwords. You could add a digital will to your SwonSong Account, in the form of a letter or an email. The great thing about the app is the details will only get sent once a trusted notifier confirms your death – so there is no way of accessing your personal messages while you are still alive.
Through the app, you can also leave personalised messages to be sent to all of your close relatives and friends, or create a eulogy video to be played at your funeral. This way you can keep your farewell messages and digital will together, only to be delivered once the time comes.
If you have any questions about a digital will or other features of the app, get in touch.