Digital Legacy

How to Create & Preserve Your Digital Legacy

A digital legacy is the digital information someone leaves behind after they die. This online information can include website or blog information, social media profiles, photos, videos, or other online interactions.

Why Your Digital Legacy is Important

As times continue to change and technology evolves, it’s important to make sure your digital legacy is protected. If you don’t keep track of everything you have online, it could all be lost after you’re gone. It’s never fun to think about dying, but protecting your digital legacy is something you should plan for before it’s too late.

A survey found that 62% of people think it’s important to have access to a friend or loved one’s social media accounts. These type pf accounts often contain numerous photos and memories for your family and friends to look at and remember you, but can often be hacked and have to be deleted. Making a plan for your digital legacy will make things easier on your family and reduce the amount of stress they will face after you die. Remember, your digital legacy will live online forever.

Taking a Look at Your Digital Assets

Your digital legacy includes everything you do or have saved online. Along with your social networks and email accounts, there are a variety of other things to consider when thinking about your digital legacy.

Here are some of the online sources to think about:

  • Cloud services
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • E-books
  • E-newsletters
  • Online publications
  • Gaming profiles
  • Messaging apps
  • Online banking
  • Investment accounts
  • Health records
  • Music

As you can see, everything you have stored online is part of your digital legacy. There is so much to consider, so it’s never too early to start thinking about protecting your digital assets.

Making Plans for Your Future

When you think of end of life planning, you probably don’t focus on your digital legacy. Most people focus on estate planning preparation and all the tasks involved with making sure your affairs are in order.

Key tasks involved in this process are:

  • Making a last will and testament
  • Establishing an enduring guardian
  • Setting up an enduring power of attorney
  • Choosing a health care proxy
  • Establishing your advance care directive
  • Limiting estate taxes by setting up trust accounts 
  • Creating beneficiaries for life insurance, 401(k)s, and IRAs
  • Making funeral arrangements

All of these tasks and documents are very important to complete. But, you also need to consider how to protect your digital legacy.

What You Need To Do to Protect Your Digital Legacy

Now that you know what a digital legacy is and why it’s important, start thinking about how you are going to protect it.

Here are some steps to organize your digital legacy:

  • Prepare a Social Media Will

    Hopefully, you’ve already written your last will and testament. The legal document spells out what your wishes are when you die, in terms of assets, property, children, pets, etc. A social media will outlines what you want to happen with your social media accounts and other digital assets that aren’t listed in your will.

  • Add Your Social Media Will to

    A social media will won’t do you any good if no one knows about it. Make sure the executor of your will knows about your wishes for your digital legacy.

  • Choose a Digital Exexcutor

    This person can be the same one you have for your regular will, but make sure this person knows a lot about technology. This person would be responsible for shutting down your online accounts, if that is what you choose. This person also would need to know how to sort and download your photos and videos.

  • Write your first draft

    Once you have an outline and all your research, take a shot at writing a first draft. No, it won’t be perfect. Yes, it will probably be long and tough. But, it will give you insight on how you really want your story to be told. With My LifeJars you can choose a particular memory to write about, from any part of your life and add other content, building your draft in bite-size pieces. This can make it easier than starting at the beginning and running out of steam!

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    PRO TIP:  Take a Break

    You poured your soul into writing that first draft. Now, take a step back. You want to get a bit of distance, and then come back and read what you wrote with a fresh perspective.

  • Proofread it

    Obviously, you want to check for mistakes. Take a deep dive, too. Read it like you are the reader. Mark it up. Note your weak spots and think of better, more compelling ways to get your point across.

  • Write a second draft

    Take a look at the notes you wrote yourself. Start changing and correcting things. When this draft is complete, start showing it to trusted friends and family. Ask for their opinions and perspectives. Get help from a professional editor, if you can. It is easy to grant permissions for others to review and edit your memories in MyLifeJars.

  • Keep rewriting

    You shouldn’t expect to have a completed version of your autobiography right away. Add more memories as many times as you feel you need to. Get new people to look at these new inclusions. This is your story. Make sure you’re telling it exactly how you want.

Expanding Your Digital Legacy

Now that you know what to do to protect your digital legacy, you can think about adding your paper documents to your digital assets. You can start scanning items in and saving them online.

Here are some items you might want to add:

  • Birth records
  • Marriage records
  • Graduation degrees
  • Photos
  • Family heirlooms 
  • Diaries or journals
  • School records
  • Employment records
  • Audio Messages
  • Short Video Clips

My LifeJars is the perfect place to create and protect your digital legacy. All of your digital assets can be stored safely and securely in one place.

How My LifeJars Organizes Your Digital Legacy

My LifeJars is a quick and super easy way to capture memories and organize your life. Everything about you is stored securely, and can only be accessed by those you choose.

There are three types of jars available for creating and storing your digital legacy:

  • Memory Jars - These are broken down into the different stages of your life, like childhood, teenager, young adult, adult, and later life. You write journal entries here, as well as upload photo memories. If you choose to share access with others, they can add memories, too.
  • Things Jars - There are six of these available: personal certificates, important documents, significant bits & pieces, business essentials, real life things, and anything else. Personal certificates is a jar for your birth certificate and any other achievements or awards you might want to store digitally. The important documents jar is a place to store your passport, driver’s license, will, etc. The significant bits & pieces jar can be used for insurance forms, policies, home documents, etc. Business essentials is a jar for any documents that might have to do with any businesses you own or have owned. Real life things is a jar to store pictures of artwork, stories about jewelry or other things you own. And, the anything else jar is a place you could put recipes, poems, or any other miscellaneous things you want to include in your digital legacy.
  • Password Jars - There are eight different password jars available to you. They include jars for email accounts, social media, banking & finances, government, business essentials, utilities, devices, and other. These jars will grant access to all the accounts you want stored in your digital legacy.

Along with our jars for storing all the things mentioned above, we have a convenient dashboard to guide you through how to set up and store all of your most important information.

One of the great things about My LifeJars is how easy it is to share your information with friends and family. You can invite them to become part of your tribe. Once they join, they become a Tribester and show up on your Life Wall. They would then have access to all the information you choose to share with them. It’s very interactive because they can add their memories to your account and you can do the same.

Even if you aren’t that tech savvy, My LifeJars provides easy to understand videos and tutorials to get you started and help you build your digital legacy. We want to make it easy for you to protect your life story and share it with generations to come.

Storing Your Important Documents In One Place

As much as we don’t like to think about dying, it’s important to make sure everything is in order for the family we leave behind. That’s where we step in to help. My LifeJars offers you a safe, secure online place to store everything your family needs when you’re no longer with them. It’s the safest place to keep your digital legacy, so your story is protected and accessible to your loved ones.

Our app is the perfect place to organize and share all of your important documents, like your last will and testament, your advance care directive, your health care proxy, your enduring power of attorney, and your enduring guardian. We make it simple for you to give access to all the people who will need this information in the future.

What Are the Benefits of My LifeJars?

My LifeJars offers a basic account that is free forever and never expires, as long as you are active and assign a My LifeJars Guardian.

With this basic account store 24 memories, 24 things, 16 passwords upload file sizes up to 10MB and access 2GB of data storage. Create a life profile for yourself as well as for 4 other family members or friends and 4 legacies.

Only switch to a Gold paid account if you want to add unlimited memories, things & passwords, unlimited life profiles & legacies, upload file sizes up to 500MB including videos and store 200GB of data across all the profiles and legacies you create.

The My LifeJars app offers the following benefits:

  • Encrypted data - very advanced and multiple layered cryptographic protection.

  • Safety and security - access and review your information anywhere in the world with secure authentication.
  • No advertising - you will not be shown any ads from third party platforms while using the app.
  • Supports giving - My LifeJars donates 10% of annual subscriptions to our Partners, which you select to support.

Create Your Forever FREE My LifeJars Account Now. It’s easy to do, offers you peace of mind and control of WHO can access your memories, vital documents, important information and passwords - and WHEN they can access them, NOW or in the FUTURE.

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