5 Amazing Tips on Data Storage

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.

Author: Planned Departure

Living and working in this digital era, our social media accounts – from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr to the likes of Pinterest – are increasing not only in number but also in volume. Additionally, many of us have domain names registered and libraries of movies, digital music and e-Books that can be of significant value. And let's not forget about Bitcoin and other virtual currencies! For the majority of us, these accounts and digital assets are likely to outlive us. And when we die, it is left up to family members and estate executors to sift through them all. Furthermore, even though they may have all the required passwords necessary for these accounts, many heirs will discover that they have no clear authority to access, or even to manage, the online accounts of their deceased loved ones. With the value of individuals' digital assets globally measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars, planning for the protection of our digital assets has moved to centre stage. It is essential that our online and social media accounts are included as part of the estate planning process. Failure to do so may not only deprive those we leave behind of fond memories and (possibly) a little nest egg, it could also leave us vulnerable to postmortem identity theft if fraudsters get to use our personal details to apply for credit facilities whilst our accounts remain unguarded. Planned Departure resolves these issues. We provide you with the ability not only to protect your digital assets, but also to clearly indicate who can access your online accounts and who should benefit from them. Create piece of mind today by registering with us in one quick and easy process.

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