Here's Something to Think About... Accessing Your Online Information... AFTER You Are Dead...

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 09/02/2010 - 7:27pm.

What happens to your online accounts, usernames and passwords when you die? ~ Clark Howard (Be sure to see 'comments link'... interesting ~ S.I.A.)

This thoroughly modern dilemma has been a real stumbling block for some companies. The Financial Times of London reports Yahoo is fighting in court with survivors who want access to the e-mail accounts of their deceased family members.

This has been particularly ugly when it involves the families of American soldiers who die on the battlefield. Their bereaving families only want to notify people about the death of their loved ones, but they're encountering resistance.

So what's a person to do about this whole problem? You've got to fight the Internet with the Internet. Clark has been playing around with and -- two Web sites that let you set up free online accounts that disclose usernames and passwords to your "beneficiaries" at the time of your death.

Each site provides a certain level of basic account creation for free with the idea being to up-sell you to more functionality. That's the "freemium" model that's become so popular across the Web.

So Clark has registered with both and likes their ease of use, though he's not always clear about the phraseology they use. The great unknown still remains what is the best way to protect investment and banking accounts log-ins?

One word of advice on that note: Couples should make sure that their significant other knows how to access accounts.


May 11, 2010 - source ClarkHoward

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 09/02/2010 - 7:27pm.


Pat Ross (not verified) | Mon, 01/10/2011 - 2:54pm

Was always taught that "if it looked like a duck, and acted like a duck, it was wise to consider that it could be a duck," although disguised as something different.

That level of common sense arises mostly from the farmer crowd who have little advantage to disguising crop failures or their causes.

Some of that coutry common sense would be very useful to America now in its deliberation about dangers, and advantages - by the numbers - however well disguised they are by words as excuses.

Sometimes a little knowledge can be more harmful than not, and economics appears to be one of those areas where government and industry really need to be on the same page with the people in the transparency of information.

When economics becomes deadly, it isn't child's play, or easily relegated to victimless crime.