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Do your heirs need any of your passwords?

November 10, 2018

These days we have quite a few websites that have passwords. Additionally, we have many digital assets stored on the web. Things like ebooks, music, and movies can be accessed online. What happens to these things when you pass away?

Most websites will not reset passwords for anybody other than the original owner. This means your heirs won’t have access to the websites and content. However, with a little planning, you can make sure your digital assets go to who you want.

One thing to consider is what websites people would need access to. Subscription sites like Netflix probably don’t need to be passed on. However sites such as Amazon and Apple do store your digital media. This could be useful to your family.

The simplest way to deal with this is to write down your passwords and put them with your important papers. Just make sure to update your list when you change your password. Password managers are also quite popular. With just one password, your family has access to all your passwords.

Many people haven’t considered what will happen with digital assets when they pass away. Some simple planning can help preserve your digital assets for future generations.