What Happens To Your Online Self After You Die?
from the not-a-fun-topic-to-think-about... dept
There have been plenty of hoax stories about people setting up popular online personalities who then “fake their online death” to get away from it. However, obviously, there are plenty of people who really do end up dying, leaving an online presence that no one is quite sure what to do about. Plastic points to a story which focuses mainly on the untouched Friendster profile of a young man who died. With offline things, family members can easily shut down bank accounts and go through mail. However, it’s not so easy to get access to online passwords — or even know what accounts you need to check. Since the person profiled in the story had his instant messenger password stored on a computer, his mother has been able to log into his account, but that has apparently freaked out some of his friends who want to know why someone who has died is logging on. No matter what, it’s a bit surprising that there really isn’t much of a standard procedure about what to do with online accounts after death.