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Why You Won’t Inherit Digital Media

Back in 2012 the media was abuzz with tales of what would happen to an iTunes accounts when the account holder passed away. The short answer is, you can’t.

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Secure Your Digital Legacy By Planning Ahead

On July 16th Yahoo Japan launched an end-of-life service called Yahoo Ending, which offers various services including farewell messages for loved ones, funeral planning, and removal of email and social media accounts.

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Yahoo Ending: More Than A Digital Afterlife Service

Yahoo Japan recently launched a new service, Yahoo Ending, which on the surface appears to be their own version of Google’s Inactive Account Manager. On second look, the Ending service is much more.

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Deceased Man Returns on Facebook

Harry Friar died a year ago, but now he’s sending our friend requests on Facebook. FOX Carolinas reports that the South Carolina man appears to be sending friend requests, however they’re from a new account created by someone else to look like Mr. Friar’s actual account.

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What Happens to Your Online Presence When You Die? [Infographic]

Here’s a great infographic from WebpageFX that shows what happens to popular online accounts when you die.

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What happens to your LinkedIn account when you die?

LinkedIn offers the ability to close the account and remove the profile of a deceased user. In their Help Center, they offer this explanation: Unfortunately, there may be a time when you come across the profile of a colleague, classmate, or loved one who has passed away. If this happens, we can close that person’s account and remove their profile on your behalf.

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Giving Up Control Helps People Enjoy Large Photo Collections

New research from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research reveals that in a world of ubiquitous access to massive personal photo collections, we may enjoy them more if we give up control and exercise patience.

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Infographic: Preparing for Your Digital Afterlife

This infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.com provides a great, quick overview of how various companies, including Google, Twitter and Facebook handle your accounts once you’re gone.

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WebCease Helps Heirs Find Forgotten Accounts

Previously I’ve mentioned the need to solve the digital afterlife problem in a way that does not require advance planning. WebCease, a new service that finds and reports various digital accounts after the account holder has passed, does just that. The premise is actually quite simple. An executor or heir pays WebCease to research the […]

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Longaccess, a New Digital Safe Deposit Box with a Twist

Before you sigh and say to yourself “oh great, another digital file vault,” allow me to say, ” this one’s worth talking about.” Bill LeFurgy tipped me off to a new digital safe deposit service called Longaccess. Based in Switzerland, Longaccess focuses not on short-term sharing or access, but rather, as the name indicates, on long-term storage and retrieval of digital archives.

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