It is more than likely that you are 'involved' in some sort of online social media site.

Have you ever thought what would happen to your social media profiles once you pass away?

Most of our clients would know or would have been in contact with the vivacious Cherie Powell who worked at Overells for over 21 years and who suddenly passed away a year ago.

Like all of us at Overells, Cherie had a LinkedIn profile.  For those of you familiar with LinkedIn it provides you with regular notifications regarding suggested connections.  One of our clients informed us that Cherie has continually popped up as a suggested connection!

This makes you think - what can we do to prevent these jarring messages from the grave?

  1. There are sites that help you plan for 'digital death' such as AssetLock which allow users to upload files, passwords and various things that are released to a predetermined individual upon your death.
  2. Each social media site has its own privacy laws and how they treat a person's account once they pass away - so it is important to read the fine print!  For example Facebook requires a relative to contact them with proof of their death before they are allowed to take over their relatives account, with many choosing to convert the page to a memorial account once they do have the access.
  3. Lastly, it can simply be a matter of including in your will a list of passwords for email, banking and social media accounts which allows relatives to easily disable accounts.

Other than being confronted with notifications to 'connect' with people online or 'send a happy birthday' these profiles create easy targets for people to hack accounts and steal identities.  So although a slightly morbid topic, it might be worth considering how you would like your online presence to be managed once you pass away.

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