How to Manage Your Digital Accounts When You’re Dead

digital-tombstone-feature300People plan what will happen to their estates and property after they die, so why not also plan the future of your digital footprint? What would happen if you died – which you will at some point – and your family or chosen executors had no way to manage your online accounts? While some social networking sites have tools to deal with death, there are similar third-party services that help you plan what will happen to your accounts after your demise.

What would you like to happen to your online photos, documents and accounts when you pass away? Do you have a website that earns money? What about an eBay or Airbnb account? These are all issues that need clear answers. The default measures that individual websites might take after your death may not be what you want. They could wind up costing your family money and unnecessary stress.

One way to ensure that your appointed executors will have access to your digital accounts is to use a service like LastPass, which manages all your passwords on a daily basis as well, while you’re still alive and kicking. As a LastPass user, you’re able to share any number of passwords with another user (passwords can be visible or invisible when shared). This user might be your spouse, business associate, or child. If you want to limit their access to the time when you are no longer able to manage your own affairs, you can maneuver LastPass to do so.

You could, theoretically, create a new e-mail account and give the username and password to your executor after you die, like a will. Then LastPass could share all of your digital account info with that same e-mail address, after creating a LastPass account using that email address. You could even e-mail this “dead you” e-mail account with specific postmortem instructions, if you so choose.