By Ross McGuinness (Metro UK) Instead of just worrying about what might happen to their material possessions after they die, more and more people are taking steps to protect the belongings they store online.
The emergence of cloud computing — storing your information on a network of remote servers on the internet as opposed to a local server — means images, songs, movies, email logins, social networking details and online bank accounts are part of a new digital property.
And, like any property, people are starting to include them in their wills. Eleven per cent of Britons say they have included, or plan to include, their internet passwords in their wills.
‘Control what is publicly available online during your lifetime – don’t wait for your executors or anyone else to sort your public profile out after death,’ said Sarah Needham, media and data protection lawyer at law firm Taylor Wessing.
She warned digital assets could be used ‘in an inappropriate and unexpected way’ if they were not looked after.