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Be proud of your digital legacy

Your digital legacy consists of anything you did or posted online.

It may be gaming profiles, social media sites, photos, videos or blogs you posted.

Even online banking or business falls under this category.

Have you ever thought about what happens to it all once you pass away?

You have the following options to consider when planning arrangements for your digital legacy:

  • Social media:

You first have to decide whether you would want every­thing to be deleted or changed into a memorial.

On Facebook and Instagram, you can request your account to be memorialised. This enables people to remember you and pay tribute on your page. The alternative is to deactivate the account.

  • Passwords:

Keeping a list of your passwords is a great idea, but as some tend to change, you will need to keep the list updated.

Select a trustworthy person to know them – especially the banking and financial pass­words. Remember that your computer, phone and banking apps will need to be accessed once you pass away.

  • Accounts:

Not only are the passwords important, but also your account numbers.

Make sure someone knows which policies and accounts you have and where to make the necessary arrangements once it is needed. If you are not able to make payments to your accounts anymore, you will need to select an executor to let all these companies know. This can include your credit cards, newspaper subscriptions or even your DSTV account.

) Digital assets:

Your digital assets include photos and videos on your computer, phone or on social media – everything you have ever posted or deleted.

Would you want these to be removed or stored in alternative places and remain private?

If you use your computer for work at home, for instance as a graphic designer,these documents are company property and need to go to the correct people. You will need to make the necessary arrangements for someone at work to handle those.

The planning of what happens to your digital legacy can be included in your will or arranged separately with a close friend or relative.

The biggest thing you need to think about, is whether you are leaving a good or bad legacy.

Would you be comfortable knowing that your family and friends will see certain photos and videos after you pass away?and if these will be portrayed in a good or bad light.

At the moment, you can control them yourself – but not for eternity.

What will you leave for your grandchildren to see if they search you? What will your kids see when they grow up?

Leave a digital legacy you can be proud of, even long after your passing.

You first have to decide whether you would want everything to be deleted or changed into a memorial. On Facebook and Instagram, you can request your account to be memorialised.

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