Mar 11, 2009

Preserving Your Online Life (and All Those Annoying Passwords)


I love it when computers help solve problems that they've created! When Quicken first came out, it solved the problem of how to keep track of all those new ATM receipts and still balance your checkbook. (I'm old -- this was in the dark ages BEFORE online banking, if you can believe it.)

Now, Legacy Locker comes along -- a startup designed to make it easy to pass along your digital treasures (like photos, correspondence, and videos) to your loved ones at death. For $29.99/year or $299.99/for life, you can set up your very own "digital will".

The service makes it easy to pass on your log-in credentials for such things as your email or PayPal account at your death, making it possible for your family to gain access to these digital remains of yours without a court order. It also allows you to write Legacy Letters, personal notes that will be sent to the intended beneficiary in the event of your death.

Interested? There's a free trial account available for those who want to give it a try, limited to 1 beneficiary and 3 digital assets (login info for any website, email, or other online site).

Sounds great. I just wish I could use it to keep track of my digital life BEFORE death.

For more information on organizing your records and personal information, see Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To, by Melanie Cullen and Shae Irving (Nolo).