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1614-businessWe’ve all seen articles over the past couple years that ponders the question of what happens to your Facebook, Twitter or whatever social network you use accounts when you pass on.

An article in a recent issue of More magazine takes it one step further, taking a look at your digital assets such as iTunes libraries, bitcoins or eBay accounts as well.

Author Laura Sinberg, quoting a survey from McAfee, estimates our digital assets are worth about $55,000 and there are no laws protecting these assets.

So how to keep them safe?  First step is to inventory everything you’ve got from social media pages to emails and shopping sites and create a list, storing login information in a password-protected location.

Just as you would appoint an executor of your will, she suggests appointing a digital executor.  This person will have the authority to access and/or delete your accounts as you have directed. This person should also have access to your stored inventory list.

Furthermore, she recommends detailing your wishes for what should happen to your digital assets.  Do you want your spouse to have access to your emails?  Your kids to have your music library?  Be sure you let it be known so that your wishes are carried through.

Certainly something to think about.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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