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Technology Advances Have Led to Digital Afterlife Services

Technology has risen dramatically in the last five years, so much so that now two-thirds of the UK owns a smartphone, and each of us spends over two hours staring into its screen a day, with 90% of us owning multiple devices. To add to this, since Apple launched their smartwatch in 2015 and sold a staggering 8.8million in their first year many of us now wear two devices that have almost identical functions – it’s safe to say we’re tech-obsessed!

How much Technology do we use?

Today the average person has over 5 social media accounts, with Facebook reigning supreme in the popularity stakes with 82% of the world’s population, excluding China, having an account with four out of ten people using the service regularly.

What’s more, on top of the 5 social media accounts each of us has we also have over 20 other online accounts! Many of us lose track of these and the numbers creep up, so what are the most common online services we use passwords for?

  • Social Media
  • Email
  • Online Purchases
  • Websites

Digital assets don’t just include our usernames and passwords but also:

  • Assets such as computers and hardware
  • Information stored on hardware or in a cloud system
  • Files and images stored on hardware

Digital Asset Management

Most people have not considered a digital afterlife service, as due to the surge in technological advances, previous generations have never faced the same queries about what happens to our digital assets once we pass away.

These digital assets, though we take them for granted now carry huge sentimental, historical and financial value and many of these things we want to preserve. Have you ever received a “storage full” notification on your device and hurried to buy more? This shows just how much we treasure the files kept on our devices. When planning for death it’s good practice to have not just a conventional will, but  a plan in place to manage your digital assets will disappear into oblivion after you’re gone Whether you want to preserve these moments, or opt to have them destroyed it’s important you have something in place to make sure your wishes are met.

Luckily, Digital Remains offer a unique service that offers digital asset management for after you’re gone. You will choose an executor who will be chosen by you to take care of your digital assets according to your wishes.

The Role of a Digital Executor

A Digital Executor's job depends on what you want to be done with your digital property after your death.  Their tasks may include:

  • Organising photos, videos, and files
  • Deleting files you wish to have removed from your hardware and devices
  • Managing online accounts that require payment, such as web hosting.
  • Closing online accounts, such as social media and subscription services
  • Transferring accounts to successors
  • Transferring money and affiliate income etc. from online accounts to successors
  • Informing online communities and online contacts of your death

Your digital executor can be anyone of your choosing or multiple people. Remember this person needs to be trusted to carry out your wishes so it’s important to choose the right person. Anyone can be named as your executor, as long as they are aged 18 or above. It’s good practice to have more than one in case one of them dies before you, meaning you will still have someone to carry out your wishes.

With so much of our possessions being digital today, it’s important to look after your digital footprint and create a plan as early as possible to ensure your wishes are carried out after your death. Contact us today to find out more information


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