I came across this article the other day. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0826-digital-assets–20120826,0,1709599.story?dssReturn
It basically is a reminder that much of people’s lives are in the digital world now. If something were to happen to you – what would happen to all the stuff you have online. Your passwords, your photos, your writing, your email etc. I often encourage individuals to complete the 5 Wishes booklet http://www.agingwithdignity.org/five-wishes.php . This is a form that can help you figure out what your wishes are if you were to die and what you wish for your material things and emotional things that you leave behind. (Check it out if you don’t have one.) I never really thought about my online identity except in a rather abstract way.As a therapist, I have an agreement with another therapist. The other therapist would know how to get into my HIPAA compliant EMR and would be responsible to contact my clients and ensure they have referrals if needed. That therapist would know who to contact and what to do with my records to ensure both mine and my client’s confidentiality.
However, I don’t seem to have the same care in my personal life. I’ve decided to remedy that and you can too. I am going to make sure there is a master list of my accounts, emails, passwords and everything that has to do with my online life that may need to be tied up if something happened to me. I am going to think about my online connections and figure out who may need to be informed that I am no longer there. I am going to figure out what I want done with my online content. Do I want someone to have my digital pictures or do I want them deleted. Do I want my blog or other writing out there with no one watching over it or do I want it deleted. Even 10 years ago you may not have had to even think about all the you in the wireless world but it is a reality today.