Having one’s head crammed full of digital passwords is a fairly recent phenomenon. So it’s no surprise that almost no one has considered the difficulties that can arise when someone dies, leaving an extensive representation of their life online that no one can access.
This is the premise for new San Francisco-based startup Legacy Locker. It’s like a digital vault for storing all of your online login details – email, social networking, photos, videos, bank and shopping accounts, etc. You can provide access for specific accounts to different people who, in the event of your death or incapacitation, can login to the relevant part of your digital estate and retrieve information of professional, legal or sentimental value.
Death might be the furthest thing from the mind of a twittering 20-something, but there’s no denying the value of this service. In fact, I’m off to sign up right now. I didn’t spend all those hours editing and uploading photos to Flickr for them to end up as a cryptic assortment of zeros and ones on Yahoo’s servers after I kick the bucket.