Nothing wrong with being prepared....Legacy Locker
By Eddie LopezEddie_Lopez. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:21:59 PM
Update- CNN article
As I'm getting married in a matter of months, my fiancee and I were discussing the increasingly more relevant* conversation of "what about our online accounts in the event of our untimely demise?" (we're very romantic)
Answer: "Legacy Locker" is a pretty good solution (assuming you're a trusting fellow). Particularly when they reminded just how far my digital reach is...
Do you have an email account? Or two? Or three? Do you buy or sell stuff with eBay, Amazon, PayPal, Yahoo! Stores, or elsewhere? Do you blog, or use Twitter, or put up videos on YouTube? Do you share or backup photos with Flickr, Photobucket, Snapfish, Kodak Gallery, or Shutterfly? Do you maintain your identity at LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, or Plaxo? Do you have credits in the iTunes store, or at PartyPoker.com?
Yes! Yes I do! ...and I'm sure my fiancee couldn't keep up with all those passwords if I had just shared them. It's pretty obvious that you share a banking account password or something, but consider all the above that you'd prefer not just lost in the big bit-bucket in the sky (my son is Eddie Jr, and I have a lot of domain names and email addresses I'm sure he'll appreciate in time) I had thought in the past with updating my will with username and password info, but there's no way I would be able to keep it current & updated. Their FAQ addresses this and most of the "why shouldn't I just..." questions I had.
Security is the biggest concern of course, I would be wary about putting my entire digital life in some other company's hands, so I'd like something that still captures the simplicity of updating the system, but keeps the desire to hack Legacy Locker's servers and/or have a rogue employee run off with my data to a minimum. Maybe a local client that encrypts my information before upload and generates a key that I can have put in a will or otherwise make easily accessible to my beneficiaries.
Anyway, I know it's not the most jovial post ever, but it certainly is a neat idea. Be prepared!
*Increasingly relevant because I'm opening more and more accounts as I get older- not because I'm getting closer to needing this service. Well, I guess technically I am, but...come on man!.. you got me thinking about it. Thanks.