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I know – this is a serious topic. But in today’s digital age, we have to plan for what will happen after all our online accounts, data, notes, photos, videos, websites, playlists, blogs and subscriptions are gone.
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I’m not just talking about business documents or tax forms on the data side. Everyone should have a plan to protect their precious photos and videos, I hear from a lot of people on my national radio show who have lost everything.
Take these steps now to make sure your accounts are in the right hands after your death.
your apple account
Apple’s Legacy Contacts finally debuted with iOS 15.2 as a safe and secure option, giving someone access to data stored in your Apple Account after you die. This includes photos, messages, notes, files, apps, and device backups.
Some information—such as movies, music, books, or subscriptions you purchased with your Apple ID and data stored in Keychain (payment information and passwords)—can’t be accessed by a legacy contact.
You can add more than one Legacy Contact, and they will all have access to the account to make decisions. That person must be 13 years of age or older and will receive an access key when you designate them as your legacy contact.
Here’s how to set it up on your iPhone:
- open Adjustment and tap your name.
- go for Password & Security , legacy contacts,
- Tap Add Legacy Contacts, You may need to use Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to authenticate.
- If you are in a Family Sharing group, you can select a group member. or you can tap choose someone else To add someone from your contacts.
- Select the person from your contacts. Tap continue,
- You will be asked how you want to share your access key. choosing print access key either send access key,
- If you choose to send the key digitally, Apple will create a message to let your contact know that you’ve added them as your old contact. Tap Send,
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You can add more than one legacy contact to your Apple Account. (AP photo/Jeff Chiu)
do the same for facebook
- On Facebook, you can name an old contact who can compose posts, update your profile photo, and get a copy of everything you’ve done on Facebook after you’re gone.
- On desktop: When you’re signed in to Facebook, go here Settings and Privacy , Adjustment find more memorial setting,
On mobile: Select three-line menu option at the bottom right. scroll down Settings and Privacy, Tap to open it, then select Adjustment, From the Account menu at the top of the next screen, choose Personal and account information , Account Ownership and Control, You will see the memory settings. Click to select your old contact and notify your contact that they are now in that role.
Once you’ve set up your legacy contact, go to the memory setting. You can decide whether the person you choose can download a copy of what you’ve shared on your feed, including posts, photos, videos, and profile information.
Once a year, you will receive the memory of your chosen one as your legacy contact. If you’re sure your person won’t change or that you’ll remember to change them when needed, you can click “Stop Annual Reminders” in the Yearly Reminders section.
If you wish to delete your account after your demise, go to the Memorial Settings page, and scroll down. Right above the close button, there is an option you can click that says, “Request that your account be deleted after you pass away.”
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Automatically erase your search history and location data
When it comes to Google, focus on protecting your privacy even after you’re gone. There are probably some things in your search, view, and location history that you’d prefer to keep private. Anyone with access to your account will only see what you want them to see by setting auto-delete.
Google automatically deletes account records after 18 months by default. If you want to minimize that window, you can do so in a few steps.
- go to your google activity control And log in with your Google account.
- Under Web & App Activity, you will see auto destroy, make sure it’s on Feather,
- Click the arrow to choose your preferred time frame: 3 months, 18 months or 36 months.
You can take further steps, including creating a digital checklist that acts as a list of all your accounts, passwords, and online assets. Tap or click here for steps to create and share your own,
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