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The Digital Afterlife

Jill Ditmire talks with Evan Carroll, the co-founder of the blog, The Digital Beyond, and co-author of "The Digital Afterlife," a book dedicated to managing online content after a user’s death. According to Carroll, people need to give relatives specific information about managing digital media (email, Facebook, Twitter, as well as bank accounts and legal documents) in the case of death. Carroll recommends we make a list of the usernames and passwords for all of our digital accounts and specify what we would like done with each account upon our death as part of our estate planning. He also identifies multiple services that help people manage their digital media after they die. One type of these services functions as online safe deposit boxes, which are useful during life and death. Visit for a complete list of digital media management systems.