Creating a Digital Assets Plan

The desire for immortality, or at least remembrance, is an enduring human trait. Passing things to future generations is good way to preserve your identity.

Like millions of people worldwide, you may have email, social media accounts, photos, and business data stored on your computer, smart phone, and in the cloud. These digital assets are an increasingly integral part of your daily life. They comprise your online digital identity.

Unless you preserve it, your digital identity may risk extinction. Online assets like multimedia and financial information, may not be accessible to your loved ones after you’re gone.

Good organization, inventory, planning and storage are essential to creating your digital assets plan. Once you have your inventory organized, you can make informed decisions about your final digital asset wishes and how to secure your digital legacy.

Your devices serve as keys to your email, social presence, business, and financial accounts. As you create your digital plan, identify and inventory your devices and the content stored on them first.

Identify Your Digital Assets

First, inventory and backup your devices and their content. Organize your digital assets into these categories:

  • Computers and devices: content from desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones
  • Email: content from incoming, sent, and stored messages
  • Content from social network channels like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Online businesses including online stores, blogs, and websites, like PayPal, eBay, and Etsy
  • Multimedia content from Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Flickr, Instagram, etc.
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