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Managing Your Digital Afterlife
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Author: West, Jessamyn
Date: Jun 2017
Start Page: 23
Pages: 3
Section: Practical Technology
Abstract (Document Summary)

More and more, people's lives are lived online. When the author's father died 6 years ago, they were pleased to find a Google Docs file with the usernames and passwords to every account he owned. He was an engineer, so this was not terribly surprising. Most of these were things such as bank accounts and cable subscriptions, but a few were email accounts and (small) social media profiles. This made a complicated time much simpler. What if they hadn't been able to access his information? Jan Zastrow has written a great article in this issue on digital estate planning, which touches on these same ideas. In this article are some specific tech tools you can use to help archive and prepare your legacy on social media sites and in content repositories.

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