Chances are you have at least one email account and use at least one social media platform. But have you stopped to consider what will happen to your online presence — your digital legacy — after you die? It’s one of those areas that tends to get overlooked, even by people who otherwise might be proactive in preplanning their Watervliet, NY cremation or funeral service.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind to ensure that your digital legacy is dealt with properly after your passing.
Your first order of business is to write down and store — in a safe place, of course — all of the passwords for your email, social media, and other online accounts. If you’re like many people, you probably have accounts and passwords saved in a password-protected app on your smartphone or tablet. In such cases, it won’t be all too difficult to remember all your accounts.
Familiarize Yourself with the Processes
Your next order of business is to familiarize yourself with how various email, social media, and other online accounts handle the closing of accounts for the deceased. While Facebook has been under fire lately for quite some time over privacy issues, it does have a couple of options that can be used to deal with your account after you pass away. Firstly, your profile can be put in memorialization mode so that your loved ones can post stuff about you after your death. Secondly, your profile can be permanently deleted.
You’ll need to select a legacy contact person who will have access to your account at the appointed time. The person you select must be a Facebook friend at the time of your passing. While they’ll have some access to your account, however, they won’t be able to read any private messages on your page or access your complete profile. There are other particulars to be mindful of so check up on them in advance.
Let Your Legacy Contact Know
The worst thing you could do is to choose someone to close your online accounts and then fail to let them know. Such a responsibility will take them by surprise, and they may initially feel overwhelmed. What you want to do is inform them and then ensure that they are provided with information on your online presence at the right time so that they can close accounts as needed.
It is possible to manage your digital legacy, and doing so is vitally important. While you’re thinking about such matters, don’t forget to preplan for your eventual funeral or cremation in Watervliet, NY. At McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, we happen to be the oldest family-owned funeral home in Troy with a combined 150 years of funeral service to the community. Allow us to help you plan the perfect final disposition so that your family won’t have to do it for you after you’ve passed away. You can visit us at 8 109th St Troy, NY 12182 or call us at (518) 235-1722 for a free consultation.