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Tue, Apr 12 2011 | 3:15PM | Filed under: Tips| PermaLink Posted by: STAFF

In case you missed the PCSTATS Newsletter this week, we're reposting this little TechTip here in the news. You can catch the next PCSTATS Newsletter, if you're still alive, by subscribing here.

This is one of those tech topics we've been meaning to touch on for quite some time, but it's not the cheeriest of subjects..... so let's tackle this with a dose of humour. Prior to the internet things were pretty easy after you kicked the bucket - your photos, home movies, telephone contacts, correspondence, little black book and everything else were solely in a physical form. A quick dig through a closet or shoe box would reveal the mundane and the scandalous, and life was easy for the newly departed.

Crucially, and unlike every online repository today, this collected material could just sit around and happily gather dust for decades. Today these same snippets of life are often digitally stored by third parties on servers with virtual countdown-to-erasure clocks hanging over six digit password protected accounts. Or worse yet, until the IT company goes belly up. At the very least, your own computer may chocked full of family history - you know, the PC that holds everything that only you have the login for?

On the plus side, shoe boxes don't wipe out all your Kodachrome prints if you forget to open them for a couple years, nor cite privacy policies if your relatives go snooping around after you die. Online email accounts, photo and social networking services are certainly the modern equivalent of an empty Converse shoe box, but see how far you get trying to crack a deceased relative's account open.

Get the drift? We store thousands of emails and family photos on the internet, while social networking sites like FB catalog the mundane day-to-day records of our lives. Ditto times ten for home computers and notebooks. All of this is protected while we're alive and kicking by passwords, privacy clauses and encryption nine ways from Sunday.

The key to Managing Your Digital Death is having the foresight pass along these keys to the collected works of YOU, on. Assuming you do, want to pass this information on that is. A list of websites and login details written down on a sheet of paper & kept up to date is usually sufficient. It may be wise to include the lost password questions/answers too... This paper should be stored somewhere very safe along with other important personal papers. Just be sure to tell a trusted family member these details exist and possibly where they're kept.

We'd like to hear what you think about this subject and your suggestions for Managing your Digital Death, so please drop us a line.

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