An increasing number of individuals and businesses are utilising the internet to store digital information in "the cloud". This internet cloud, now increasing in size to Cumulonimbus proportions, is becoming an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, with photos, videos, files and other virtual belongings being stored on there. What happens to all this property when you die or become incapacitated?
Google has recently launched a new feature for managing your Google accounts (such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Plus) called "Inactive Account Manager".
The idea is that you set a timeout period where the accounts are classed as inactive when this period expires. You will then receive emails and texts notifying you of this change. If you do not respond to these, your virtual property will either be transferred to trusted contacts or deleted on your behalf.
The process is outlined below:
One would suspect that this type of feature will become more prominent across the internet as more people utilise the cloud and more valuable property is stored on it.
If could well be a good investment of your time to think about your valuable online data and take steps like this to protect it.