Ever wonder what happens to your emails and posts on the Web when you die? As more of our lives are lived online, it’s a problem that’s becoming increasingly important.
Google has now come up with a solution for Google date such Gmail, You Tube, and Google Docs. It’s a new tool called Inactive Account Manager.
Simply go to preferences in settings and select to have your data deleted after a period of inactivity, from 3 – 12 months. Or you can ask that your date be sent to selected contacts. It’s just like leaving your belongings to a loved one or friend.
Said Google in a blog post: “We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital after life- in a way that protects your privacy and security- and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone.
An added feature to ensure you are really gone before they send out your docs to others is that an email to a secondary address and a text to your phone will warn you if your period of inactivity point is approaching.
This makes it a lot easier to implement our own estate plans. Prior to this feature, a relative could access your Google assets by providing a death certificate and proof of an email conversation between them and the decedent. Digital belongings can be private and valuable. Now you can have control over these assets.
For more information on digital after-life planning and other estate planning advice, contact the Law Office of Debra G. Simms for your estate planning consultation.
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