Create a social media plan
Even with your login information stored safely in the method of your choice, you still need to make a plan for what your loved ones should do with your social media accounts after you die.
Facebook also allows you to memorialize your page4 after you die. Since Facebook can be a place where you've shared photos and life events, you might choose to keep your profile for family and friends to visit even after you've died.
With other social media accounts, you can explore settings and options for memorialization and emergency contacts. If you maintain a Gmail or Google account, you can use the Google Inactive Account Manager5 to transfer control of your account to a person of your choosing after a designated time when you die.
Make a digital plan for your accounts
After you've gathered all your online account information, you need to put your wishes into action. While many online accounts can be completely shut down, other accounts might need to stay up and running to help administer your estate.
Here are some accounts that might need to be secured yet remain active:
Utilities: Keep active until the house is sold and ownership is transferred.
Bank accounts: While only the executor or other authorized party will have access, you'll want to monitor the account for potential fraud until the assets inside are distributed.
Retirement accounts: These accounts will have trading frozen once the custodian is notified of your death. They'll remain open until paperwork is completed and assets are distributed to your beneficiaries.
Appoint a digital executor
To handle all of the above tasks, you could appoint a digital executor.6 While this executor typically wouldn't be named in your will or trust as a legal representative of your estate, they would be in charge of handling your online footprint after you die. You can name this person in a letter or instruction or have conversations with friends and family about naming someone who will be in charge of your digital presence after your death.
Your online executor can work hand-in-hand with the executor of your will or trustee of your trust to make sure your digital footprint is secured.