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‘Til Death Do Us Part: Your Digital Presence After Death

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Have you ever wondered what will happen to your email and social media accounts once you die?  Nope, neither have I… but Yahoo certainly has.  While most people who are aging write their wills, decide their final arrangements, and organize their finances, Yahoo seems to take care of the rest.  A new service, Yahoo Ending, has been launched by Yahoo Japan to help their large elderly population manage their digital presence after death.  The service costs about $1.77/ month.

Prior to death it helps users with funeral arrangements by estimating costs and searching for cemeteries. After death it can stop automatic bill payments through the Yahoo Japan wallet service and loved ones can visit a special bulletin-board page for the deceased and post memorial messages.  Yahoo Ending not only conveniently erases all data in email accounts, but also sends a final message to up to 200 people when your death is confirmed.  It all may sound a bit morbid but in actuality- quite convenient.

In an interview with The Japan Times, Yahoo Japan spokesperson Megumi Nakashima mentioned possible greater development in Yahoo Ending’s services, allowing the deceased to manage their post-life affairs on non-Yahoo Japan services.

“For example, we are thinking of partnering with credit-card companies,” Nakashima said, “so that the user can configure Yahoo Ending to tell such companies to close out the user’s account.”

With the advancement of technology in our generation such services may become necessary to all those digitally involved.  By taking responsibility of our online accounts before death we can assure our loved ones will not have to “care“ for our digital needs.  It may seem to be a premature measure just for an email account but it could prevent harmful phishing and identity theft.  Would you invest in this service for less than $24/year?  Or could you care less about your digital reputation post-mortem?  Given this opportunity, it may be beneficial to invest in deleting your online past… before it’s too late.

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