With our reliance entirely on technology tools to run our daily lives, thinking about the hypothesis of what might happen to your accounts, files, photos and data online after your death should also be among your priorities.
We offer you some ways to help you delete these accounts or allow your family members to delete them after death.
Create a manual or digital checklist
It is a digital or physical document in which you write all your account addresses and passwords with instructions on how to access them. This list can be formal or informal.
If the list is digital, you can leave the password for it with a trusted person, while you can leave it in a known place if the list is physical so that it will not be opened until after your death.
Set up your accounts online
All social media and various online services offer options that can be set up to close your account after a period of inactivity.
You will receive an annual reminder by e-mail or a notification in the service itself reminding you to activate the option to close the account again.
To learn how to do this, see the following article: How do you allow your loved ones to access your online accounts after death?
Erase your smartphone data
If you don’t want to type your smartphone’s access data into the aforementioned checklist, you can set up your phone to erase the data after a certain number of failed attempts to enter the passcode.
This feature is built into iPhones in particular. To learn how to set it up, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Select Face ID & Passcode option and then enter your password.
- At the bottom of the screen toggle the button next to the Clear data option to On.
For Android phone users, there is no such feature. Instead, your family can wipe the phone data remotely by going to android.com/find Via the browser, then log in with your Google account, then select the name of your phone and click on the option to erase device data.
Read also: 3 steps to erase your old Android phone before getting rid of it