Death and My Digital Personality

I try not to be too morbid when it comes to death, but I have a lot of different online profiles that others may depend on that no other user has information about. I have many passwords, most of which are random combinations of things from my past. I think most would not be guessable by anyone that I have not told directly, and all of them would be difficult to use brute force to unlock, so the chances of a family member or a friend figuring it is very slim.

I don’t have a will currently, but since my family does not have many branches, I have assumed that they could divvy up my possessions without problems.

Lifehacker has posted an article, “What Should I Do About My Virtual Life After Death.” It has some good information.

I have considered having a USB drive with encrypted username, passwords, and further information with a plan of action, and giving the password to a trusted individual that would be responsible for taking care of any of my remaining accounts. The USB drive could be kept in a safe deposit box, in the bottom of an undergarment drawer, but preferably, a place that is secured until death.

I’ve found Stenography to be an interesting form of data storage, as it would look like a normal image or audio file. If a software was available that had proven security, it might be an option at throwing off someone who might be able to get their hands on your data without your consent, but there’s no guarantee that they wouldn’t assume it contains data.

I’m still working on my plan of action, but I would like to get the most important data in a safe place.