Pass on your Passwords, or your Family’s Digital Memories will Die With You

With so many of our memories now held in digital form – from music to photographs and even local newspaper stories featuring our children’s achievements – families are in danger of losing their shared history. Now funeral directors are warning that the death of someone in the digital age can lead to the loss of irreplaceable memories.

All funeral directors who are members of the Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) are being sent copies of a new booklet to give to members of the public that includes advice on safeguarding their ‘digital legacy’. You can read more about preserving your family’s ‘digital legacy’ in an article by Patrick Sawer in The Telegraph at

My thanks to newsletter reader John Rees for telling me about the article.


What a wake-up call. I’m the executor/trustee of my sister’s estate and she died a few months ago. Luckily for me she was “old school” and got everything in paper format. If she was dealing strictly on-line, and did not leave clear notes and passwords I would have NO way of knowing where to look for anything. All MY banking, etc. is done on-line….so I will now keep meticulous records of everything so my son and heir won’t be burdened when the time comes.


This is good advise and it should work great as we all have several places that use Pass words, Do we all keep a list of “everything that has a password”? We should but do we do it? and how often do we need to change the password. I see Mr. Eastman where you use a lot of different pieces of equipment that require passwords “Now what is the recommended time to change the pass words. And do we do it to all the items or just the most important ones This is a great Idea as to add to Do the Back up every month now change the Pass words every ?. Thanks for the great year of Gen advise. Jimr


    —> Do the Back up every month now change the Pass words every ?.

    That is a very good idea but is not the method I use. My passwords are backed up to encrypted storage in a cloud-based storage service within 5 or 10 seconds after a new password is created or an old one is changed.

    I always recommend making monthly backups as a MINIMUM. Making more frequent backups is even better. With many of today’s backup products, making backups is a continuous effort that never stops. In my case, all files worth keeping are backed up to three different services in three different locations within 5 or 10 seconds after being saved in my computers’ hard drives. (The laptop’s files sometimes don’t get backed up for a bit longer, depending upon whether or not I am connected to the Internet at the moment. But they always do get backed up eventually.)

    I have suffered loss of data in years past. I don’t ever want to go through that again!


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