One in ten people to leave digital information in their wills
Matt - October 15th, 2011 3:45 PM
A poll of 2000 UK adults, over online habits, reported that over 50% had possessions stored online in various cloud services.
According to a recent survey, just over 10% of UK residents will leave behind various digital information such as passwords, so that family are able to access their digitial lives in the event of their death.
Goldsmiths, University of London, also carried out a survey for cloud computing company Rackspace, which showed that 30% of Brits class their online and digital possessions as “digital inheritence”.
With each adult’s digital treasures worth more than £200 per person, this equals a massive £2.3 billion across the nation.
The way things work at the moment is that, after someone dies, family members are usually unable to access digital information of the deceased’s. However, adults wanting to safeguard their identities online will be leave passwords to various online services in their wills.
This means that photos, videos and other information stored on Facebook, Dropbox and Youtube will be accessible by family members.
Will you be leaving passwords in your will? Or is your Internet history so dodgy, it’s in your families best interests not to leave any information at all? Let us know in the comments section below.