Digital Account Awareness
The impact of the Digital Footprint Accounts we leave behind could be vulnerable to identity theft.
Will you be protected?
Are you and your family prepared?
Have you thought about leaving a Digital Executor in place?
A Digital Executor should be a trusted individual:
- To potentially close out accounts
- To potentially memorialize accounts
- To share your wishes on how you would like to be remembered online with
To help advise your Digital Executor of your accounts, consider having your accounts & passwords written down in a secure place.
We recommend that families do a full digital audit prior to the end of life so they are aware of the information that exists, as well as knowing where to find passwords, user names and a full list of digital accounts. The proactive step can be to have this information cataloged and organized in advance with your Digital Executor, so that post-life, the process is not so difficult.
Failure to plan ahead can result in data breaches, invasions of privacy or corruption of personal information.
In addition to business and financial records being illegally accessed, passwords, email and other private information may be put at risk if neglected. Subscriptions, payment plans, memberships, dues or other recurring expenses can create added expenses surviving spouses and family members if left unattended.
Consider naming a digital executor to handle all of your digital belongings.
Create an inventory of online accounts, to ensure your digital executor knows exactly what's most important.(Write down account information for electronic devices, benefits and financials, emails, shopping and charitable accounts, photo and music accounts, social media, video, virtual currency and web sites you may own. Keep that information in a place where your next of kin, executor, or power of attorney can access it. Then, make sure your will, trust or power of attorney documents reflect your data wishes.)