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What is Digital Estate Planning?

Digital Estate Planning, Identity Theft, Personal Security, My Data

If you've ever lost a loved one, you may have gone through the process of estate planning or settling their estate.

Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a person's life, for the management and disposal of that person's estate during the person's life and at and after death, while minimizing gift, estate, generation skipping transfer, and income tax (Wikipedia, 2010). Digital Estate Planning is an expansion of this common process.

Estate planning can make things easier for your loved ones after you pass. You can think out how you'd like each part of your life settled - accounts and debts, property, funeral arrangements, etc. Your digital property is no different.

As technology has become a main component to most aspects of our lives, we are constantly building a digital footprint. Take a moment to think about all the different aspects of your daily digital life:

  • Online accounts and passwords
  • Photos
  • Documents
  • Banking
  • Shopping (credit cards)
  • Your different devices

Those are just some examples of what could be an endless list. In our current society, we need to consider what happens to our digital lives when we pass. Digital Estate Planning is now becoming a requirement during your regular estate planning process.

Your Digital Death and Digital Estate Planning

Digital Death is the process of planning and taking action to control what happens to your digital information, as well as controlling who will receive the information, documents, photos and account passwords when you pass. Digital Death and Digital Estate Planning go hand-in-hand. You need to take time to think and take inventory of what your digital life looks like, before it's too late.

What Happens to My Data When I Die?

To learn more about what happens to your data when you die, read more on our blog post.

How Can I Get Started with Planning my Digital Estate?

Final Security's services provide you with the tools you need to properly plan your estate and control your digital information and assets upon your digital death.

Make a Digital Estate Plan

Don't leave your loved ones with the burden of determining what happens to your digital legacy. Start the Digital Estate Planning process with Final Security today.

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Info Vault

Final Security's Info Vault is a place where you can store your digital information:

  • Store your usernames and passwords to any service (you can also store files and notes with each entry).
  • Store your photos: save a single, memorable photo or a collection you'd like to pass on.
  • Store your documents, such as a will, or a collection of information your beneficiaries will need.

Your Info Vault creates an efficient, organized and central place for your beneficiary to find all your important information after your passing.

Device Cleaning

With Final Security's Device CleaningsService, you can have that peace of mind that your registered devices will be remotely wiped upon the confirmation of your passing. Our service will ensure that your sensitive and private information will not be seen by anyone but you. We will protect not only your legacy, but provide protection to your family and friends by making sure your private information does not get into the wrong hands.

Social Media Cleaning

Social Clean is Final Security's service that allows you to know that your online accounts do not live on the web forever. Not only does this service protect your legacy and information, it also protects your family and friends. Bad actors are looking to capitalize on the window of time where your death may not be publicly known or officially recognized. In this window of time, your family and friends could fall victim to a scam that looks like it is coming from your account.

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Digital Estate Risk Assessment Calculator

According to AARP, it can take six months for financial institutions, credit-reporting bureaus and the Social Security Administration to receive, share or register death records. When you consider that timeframe and that cybercrime is now more profitable than the global illegal drug trade, your digital estate is the perfect target for criminals. We need to protect and organize our digital lives in preparation of our digital death.

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Your privacy, safety and security is our top priority and at the core of everything we do. Your data is encrypted and protected at every level. From typing on your computer, through the Internet and into our application and servers.

Learn more about how we secure your data.

Digital Estate Planning, Final Security is HIPAA Compliant
Digital Estate Planning, Final Security uses SSL to encrypt in transit
Digital Estate Planning, Final Security used two factor authentication
Digital Estate Planning, Final Security encrypts your data at every level

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