If you think social media is just for kids and millenials, think again. According to the Pew Research Center, Internet use among those age 65 and older has grown 150 percent between 2009 and 2011. A 2012 study also done by Pew, showed that 34 percent of seniors who are online, use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Social media is great, since it lets you can connect with faraway friends and family. MP3s and online television networks like Hulu and Netflix are fun as well, since they give you the opportunity to enjoy music and television programs on any device and on your schedule. Of course, let’s not forget about how great email is. Write a message, hit send and it’s off.
Have you ever given any thought to what will happen to your digital accounts when you die? Like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to your digital accounts, since it isn’t a physical thing or even an asset. Still, it is something that you need to consider because your online accounts don’t just disappear when you die. According to Intel Security, the average person has 27 different logins. Yikes! That’s a lot of passwords to manage, so it would make sense to set up a plan for your digital assets after your death.
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are a great tool for helping you post updates, photos, even video, so that you can keep up with friends and family. But what happens to your social media accounts when you die and you are the only one who knows the password(s)?
Most people have a plan for what to do with physical items and assets after death, but what about online accounts like social media sites and emails? What happens to them when you die? No one knows how long our online presence will last, and it is possible for someone to hijack your identity after your death based upon information they obtain online. Therefore, if you want to prevent online identity theft and have your online legacy reflect your wishes, you need to have a plan in place.