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How to keep your passwords in the right hands in case tragedy strikes

How to keep your passwords in the right hands in case tragedy strikes
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Today I'm going to ask a question no one likes to think about, but everyone needs to consider. That question is: What happens to your digital life if something bad happens to you?

I've heard it over and over from listeners who need to get into the financial, email and social media accounts, or smartphones and tablets, of their deceased or incapacitated loved ones and don't know the passwords. In the best case, they have to go through a lengthy process to get control of the account. That can take weeks or months. In the worst case, they never get in.

And don't just think I'm talking to people on the more mature end of the age scale. Tragedies can happen to younger people, too. This is something everyone needs to think about, so be sure to pass this on to everyone you know.

Of course, the reason this is a problem is that no one wants to give out their passwords before something happens. The whole point of a password is to keep everyone but you out of your accounts.

There are a number of paths people take to solve this dilemma, and I'm going to tell you a few things that don't work and some that do.

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