Are You Prepared with a "Digital Estate?"

Are You Prepared with a "Digital Estate?"

Now that everything is digital and password protected, we have to deal with the notion of what happens to all that digital data after our demise. Susana Polo from The Mary Sue brings you a story about how some states are creating laws about your "digital estate" and how sites like Facebook are currently dealing with your digital estate. Susana explains,

In a time when so much of our lives are kept on a password protected computer of some kind, death and the subsequent loss of those secret passwords can wipe out significant portions of a person’s life from their surviving relatives. Where once someone might have a physical address book that could be used to contact friends unknown to the person managing their estate, now that’s locked behind an email account or smartphone screen.

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