Protect your online life after death

You probably have a will to protect your assets. Things like bank accounts. Houses. Cars. Kids. If you don’t, you should.

But what happens to your online life? Who gets the ability to tell your friends about your funeral on Facebook? Who gets access to Flickr to download all your photos? Who owns your URLs (some URLs are worth millions, so they should be protected the same way your house is with a will, but most people haven’t thought about it).

Well, Jeremy Toeman wondered why he couldn’t protect his online life the way he could protect his bank account so he built a new company: Legacy Locker.

Here he explains how the site works. In Part II he gets even more in depth.

It costs money, but so does doing a will. Now that more and more of our life is online this is a useful service and one you should consider.

About Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, I travel the world with Rocky Barbanica looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology and report that here.

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  2. I think it’s a very good idea to consider your online assets in this context, but storing all your authentication information in this one place seems to create a single point of failure for all the web security efforts you ever made. These things should really not be centralised.

    Also, DaveD has a good point: the website makes it sound like it is the online equivalent of your will – but is it really? Does handing over credentials to a selected person make that person the lawful heir to your domain names (like your pitch above seems to suggest)? I don’t think so.

    If it’s just about the convenience of making passwords available to friends in given circumstances without the legal hassles: send them a postcard with your updated, gpg-encrypted passwords every now and then :)

  3. I think it’s a very good idea to consider your online assets in this context, but storing all your authentication information in this one place seems to create a single point of failure for all the web security efforts you ever made. These things should really not be centralised.

    Also, DaveD has a good point: the website makes it sound like it is the online equivalent of your will – but is it really? Does handing over credentials to a selected person make that person the lawful heir to your domain names (like your pitch above seems to suggest)? I don’t think so.

    If it’s just about the convenience of making passwords available to friends in given circumstances without the legal hassles: send them a postcard with your updated, gpg-encrypted passwords every now and then :)

  4. Wills are about assets that do not change very frequently — though if you sell your house you surely need to change your will.

    Online is changing exceedingly rapidly. YouTube and Facebook are only 5 years old. They may well not be here in 5 years. So who wants to update the lockbox everytime you get a new username/password. It would keep you very busy.

  5. Wills are about assets that do not change very frequently — though if you sell your house you surely need to change your will.

    Online is changing exceedingly rapidly. YouTube and Facebook are only 5 years old. They may well not be here in 5 years. So who wants to update the lockbox everytime you get a new username/password. It would keep you very busy.

  6. Someone’s always finding a new angle to make money. Sorry, but this reeks of greed from this Mr. Toeman. Why should I pass any of my money over to him?

    Is he an experienced lawyer? If so, in what line? And if I have my estate in order already – you know, that will thing I drew up with my hired attorney who practices in the state and country I live in… why shouldn’t I simply do it through him.

    SOunds to me like a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

  7. Someone’s always finding a new angle to make money. Sorry, but this reeks of greed from this Mr. Toeman. Why should I pass any of my money over to him?

    Is he an experienced lawyer? If so, in what line? And if I have my estate in order already – you know, that will thing I drew up with my hired attorney who practices in the state and country I live in… why shouldn’t I simply do it through him.

    SOunds to me like a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

  8. I’ve been wondering about this for a while and haven’t managed to find a satisfactory answer to this problem. I wonder how many profiles, email accounts, etc. of deceased people are still active without anybody noticing. If it’s anything like bank accounts, it must be millions!

    I agree with Derek, not sure that Legacy Locker is what I would use. For the moment I have given an encrypted copy of all my passwords, online profiles, etc. to a trustworthy person, in case something does happen to me. As Jeff points out, normal legal means should do the trick but I guess full implications will only become apparent once this has been tried and tested in court a few times. Definitely an interesting topic.

  9. I’ve been wondering about this for a while and haven’t managed to find a satisfactory answer to this problem. I wonder how many profiles, email accounts, etc. of deceased people are still active without anybody noticing. If it’s anything like bank accounts, it must be millions!

    I agree with Derek, not sure that Legacy Locker is what I would use. For the moment I have given an encrypted copy of all my passwords, online profiles, etc. to a trustworthy person, in case something does happen to me. As Jeff points out, normal legal means should do the trick but I guess full implications will only become apparent once this has been tried and tested in court a few times. Definitely an interesting topic.

  10. Seems like you should protect and pass your on line assets in just the same way you protect your physical world assets, though wills and trusts. There is no reason you can’t define ownership of a URL or web based account such as a Flickr account through normal legal means.

  11. Seems like you should protect and pass your on line assets in just the same way you protect your physical world assets, though wills and trusts. There is no reason you can’t define ownership of a URL or web based account such as a Flickr account through normal legal means.

  12. VitalLock is very similar with a few differences we’ve noted so far, first we will target consumers directly complete with social site and media integration and we will never have access to any of our users data in an unencrypted form. We are building our API first for federated verification of events and federated public key signing of stored objects. Our client side interface will be a flex based RIA to make “drop-dead” simple the entire process for end users (pun intended). Additionally we are pursuing the legal market as a channel for distribution by allowing your data to be enveloped (double encrypted) by your attorneys keys making the information and or communications privileged. Lastly our system will be media centric AWS based and will accommodate what we term VITAL (Video, Image, Text, Account, Link) data. There are several other great features in store but they will be announced when the time is right.

  13. VitalLock is very similar with a few differences we’ve noted so far, first we will target consumers directly complete with social site and media integration and we will never have access to any of our users data in an unencrypted form. We are building our API first for federated verification of events and federated public key signing of stored objects. Our client side interface will be a flex based RIA to make “drop-dead” simple the entire process for end users (pun intended). Additionally we are pursuing the legal market as a channel for distribution by allowing your data to be enveloped (double encrypted) by your attorneys keys making the information and or communications privileged. Lastly our system will be media centric AWS based and will accommodate what we term VITAL (Video, Image, Text, Account, Link) data. There are several other great features in store but they will be announced when the time is right.

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