This section was created to help with the preservation, preparation, and production of personal digital data for ourselves and future generations. Below is a listing of tools and resources used for this process.
This section was born from this blog post which I recommend you read to help frame the need for this. You can read more posts I’ve written on this topic here. I will continue to maintain this section with updates and if you have anything I should add, please let me know.
Here’s a presentation I did on digital legacy
Step 1 – Preservation
- Start by backing up your data at home. Here’s several articles to help you do this.
- How to backup your computer – Lifehacker
- What’s your backup plan – The 99 Percent
- Set up an automated bulletproof file backup solution – Lifehacker
- Bulletproof backup: How to make sure your desktop, mobile & web data are safe – The Next Web
- You also want to backup your data to the cloud in case of a burglary of fire in which case the backup data at your home won’t do you any good. Currently there are 3 companies that lead the way in offering this service in a simple way at a reasonable price.
- For the data you are creating on other services you may want to find ways to back that up as well. Here are some online and social data Backup services to help.
- Here are details to export your data directly from a few services
- There are also a few companies that can import your data from multiple services at once.
Step 2 – Preparation
- Password Management Guides
- Password Services and Software
Access / Update Social Accounts
- Facebook information for: Memorializing or deleting the profile and downloading account data using their legacy contact feature
- Google Inactive Account Manager: Configure your Google account to grant access to data for trusted contacts
Prepare a data access plan
I wrote a post that details the need for this along with a template to create a document for someone to access all of your data. Below are some of the keys to creating this
- Provide information for password services / software with the master password to access
- Designate and train a digital trustee on accessing your data and passwords to help out
- Provide information for all on-going subscriptions to services related to digital data
Digital Estate Planning Services
- Deathswitch – A service to plan ahead for digital information transfer
- My Time to Say – store assets, create time capsule, prepare messages for future delivery
- Perpetu – Allows you to decide what to do with social accounts when you die. You can delete accounts, schedule updates, automate backups and other actions
- Willbox.me – manage digital afterlife, assets, last wills and online legacy
- Dead Social – A service that allows us the schedule messages to send across our social networks after we die
- If I Die – A service to queue up a message to be posted on social services when you die
Step 3 – Production
Digital Archiving Software
Web Services and Apps
- Life’s Time Capsule – Full services that provide the ability to capture, preserve, and pass along your data.
- 1000Memories – A service to create digital archives of your physical photos
- Everplans – A secure, digital archive of everything your loved ones will need should something happen to you.
- Eternime – Create a virtual digital legacy page (not launched yet)
- Famento – Create family history sites
- Final Wish – Provide wishes for after you die and create a photo gallery to be shared
- Forever Missed – Create a memorial website
- Heaven Note – Create digital messages which can include personal data to be delivered after you die
- Lives On – Here’s a service to continue Tweeting for you after you die based on AI and learning from your feed
- Loggacy – enables users the opportunity to share their experiences and memories with their loved ones on both a safe and secure digital platform
- MiLifemap – Archive photos, videos, social network data, and more. Filter and create collections to curate your memories as well.
- Your Digital Legacy – Video storytelling service
- AARP Managing Digital Estates Report – A report detailing the current state of Americans with regards to planning for their digital legacy with tips.
- Digital Legacy Association – The Digital Legacy Association helps with end of life planning. They offer frameworks, toolkits, training and support and explain the sentimental and monetary value placed on digital assets and digital legacy.
- Dead Social – Website that provides tools and resources around many different aspects regarding digital legacy.
- Library of Congress Digital Preservation website
- The Digital Beyond
- Digital Preservation Tools and Services – at Agofied
- Death and Digital Legacy
- Digital Passing – Estate planning for passwords and digital property
- Death Goes Digital – Services for end of life planning and digital trends in the funeral industry. They also have a nice blog.
- Preparing a Digital Will for your Passwords – A guide for how to document all of your important online accounts that require passwords with a plan on how to secure them.
- Consumer Action Survey and Documents – Review of 20 digital legacy companies and a guide explaining the value of creating a digital asset plan.
- Plan Your Digital Legacy, and Update Often – Great tips from New York Times
- Controlling Your Online Life After You Die – great tips and a list of digital estate planning services
- How to Preserve your Digital Life for Decades – by Digital Trends
- Life and Death: Who Controls a Digital Legacy? – by The Wall Street Journal
- Death doesn’t stop social networking
- “Digital Amnesia” a Threat to Personal Data – Story on the shift of storing Personal Data in the cloud along with its risks
- Services aim to preserve legacies in the digital afterlife
- Data protection: More than saving data, it’s saving culture – by Write Edit Teach
- Interesting survey results for how to handle online accounts after death
- Death doesn’t stop social networking – by SFGate
- Account Handling After Death Survey – by Lifeensured (image)
- Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving – free e-book by the Library of Congress
- The future of looking back – by Richard Banks
- Personal Digital Archive Conference – PDA explores the intersections between individuals, public institutions, and private companies engaged in the creation, preservation, and ongoing use of the digital records of our daily lives.
- Digital Legacy Conference – The conference will explore how the internet has changed the way in which we remember and grieve forever. It will also examine how our digital footprint will ultimately help determine both our legacy and our digital legacy when we die.