Talking about unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, critical illnesses and deaths can be a very sensitive topic but that is more reason why we should plan ahead and make sure our digital assets are protected and stored securely.
You can plan for all the physical assets but how do you store something you cannot see? All online information needs to be stored securely and backed up to avoid the possibility of losing our online data for good.
1. Suitable Beneficiary.
Choose a legacy guardian or in your list of beneficiaries make sure its people you deem trustworthy and know they value your digital assets as much as you do and try to inform them about what digital assets are.
2. Backup Systems.
You should have a backup data plan for all your relevant online assets like your books, movies, music, banking accounts etc. You can either do this manually or set up an automated system.
3. Set up an automated systems.
If you easily forget to backup your information. Example, on the third Friday of every month your computer will automatically backup your information and save it to your hard drive or iCloud or Dropbox account.
4. Set up a Digital legacy plan.
You can set up an account with PlannedDeparture and store all your digital assets in your E-vault. Your passwords, pins to online banking accounts, memorable information, and beneficiary list and so on. We believe in giving control where it belongs – to you. You should be able to decide how your digital legacy is managed, it shouldn’t be left to organisations or government.
5. Delete Junk.
Do not store irrelevant assets you do not need. This tends to clutter and take up unnecessary space. It also makes it hard to find things when it’s not organised well. Do well to organise your assets and delete the ones you do not need.
PlannedDeparture helps you organise your digital assets by storing them in separate and relevant folders online. For example: online banking information is stored separately in the banking folder while pictures are stored in the Images folder.