What you need to do before you die: prepare your data for your survivors

What you need to do before you die: prepare your data for your survivors
What you need to do before you die: prepare your data for your survivors

Prepare your phone before you die

Although this is a rather morbid consideration – like practically any “preparation for death” – it is worth thinking about. Especially when it comes to a mobile phone, only a few steps are enough and you save the bereaved a lot of work.

In the first place, you should ensure that someone close to you knows the access password to your phone. But that’s just the beginning – you’ll at least hand over access to some data like photos, contacts, and the like.

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Write down the most important passwords – perhaps on paper

The second crucial step is accounts and profiles such as email, online banking (if you don’t share it with someone), investment-friendly apps and of course social networks. You may not care what happens to them after your death, but your children or partner may want to cancel these accounts. Or they may want to post a message about your death for your friends and followers.

It is a good idea to create a list of the most important profiles, accounts, and their passwords. You can do this “the old-fashioned way”, i.e. with paper and pencil, or digitally, for example via a password manager in iOS/Android or the third-party 1Password keychain. This is an application in which you register all your passwords and have a perfect overview of them.

In no case is it recommended to include passwords and login data in an unencrypted form in a will. You can never know which specific persons have access to this formal document. We therefore recommend protecting your passwords even after your death.

Contact for estate

Apple iPhone users have the option to set an emergency contact for the estate directly in the operating system. The process is simple: you choose someone close to you as a contact for the estate, and once you die, the selected contact gets access to your data.

It can be photos, videos, messages, notes, contacts, events in the calendar, but also backups from cloud storage. What is important – even in this case, Apple does not hand over your keychain and login data to the survivor.

Source: Avast, Apple


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