by Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
How do you want to be remembered by future generations? You can make a will to handle your physical possessions, but what about your digital life—photos, videos, email, documents, and the like? Tech expert Joe Kissell has now written Take Control of Your Digital Legacy to cover many aspects of leaving such electronic ephemera to your family or to an institutional archive as part of your digital legacy.
With Joe’s advice in this 127-page ebook, you’ll both get a handle on digital estate planning and benefit today from improved organization—wouldn’t you feel better knowing that if you were suddenly incapacitated, your family could access your important online accounts, like banking, email, social media, and more? And if you’re like us, it’s not just you—we also have to think about our elderly relatives and friends and all they’ve done on their computers over the years.
Joe distills years of experience with managing all manner of digital data and backups to help you:
- Identify your key digital assets: online accounts, photos, audio files, videos, passwords, documents, email, and more.
- Plan for each type of digital asset based on your priorities for today, for shortly after you are no longer around, and for posterity.
- Communicate your wishes in a “digital will” and designate someone to be its “digital executor.” The book includes a template document that you can develop into a personalized digital will.
- Preserve your data for the future. You’ll consider types of archival storage media, cloud-based storage services, backups, and what instructions to provide about maintaining your data as file formats and storage media types evolve.
Whether you just want to ensure that your heirs can find a few important documents and photos, or you need to catalog and preserve tens of thousands of digital items, this book helps you make smart decisions to get your digital ducks in a row and shape your digital legacy.
On a personal note, we’d like to thank some older friends and relatives for providing feedback that helped to improve this book. In particular, Adam’s mother, Elaine Engst, was able to offer a professional perspective based on many years of working as Cornell University Archivist, and Lauri Reinhardt, who always handles our customer support email with a smile, made useful comments based on having gone through much of this for her late mother.
Finally, a quick favor. If you have a friend or relative who needs to read this book, please let them know about it. And if you can think of any groups who might be interested, such as those involved with genealogy or estate planning, drop us a line. Thanks for helping us get the word out—this is an important topic for us all!
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