We check the news, read e-mails, catch up with friends and family on Skype or Messenger, and search for information.
Our digital world is now so ordinary, it is hard to conceive of the scale of Internet activity.
The amount of time that Australians are spending online may be surprising.
'We are social' website presents some highlights from the Digital 2021 Global Report describing some of the interesting statistics of how Australians behaved online during 2020.
View the We are Social blog page
View highlights from the Digital 2021 Global Report as reported in the We are social blog
So what’s going to happen to all your digital content and social media accounts when you die?
Your digital world is a just as much a part of your estate as your house or your car.
What do you have digitally that will be left behind? And what do you want to have happen to the digital footprint you leave behind?
Australia’s eSafety Commissioner has some suggestions on how you can plan your digital legacy.
So, what is going to influence our care in the next decade?
A few ideas for you to think about:
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Make a list of your digital assets. This can include movies, ebooks, music and other media, digital photos, online accounts, social media, email accounts, online storage and backup services such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple's iCloud, Dropbox
Make a plan for what you want to happen. Most social media platforms now have settings where you can make decisions what you want to happen to your accounts on your death. You can download and save photos or other assets you want family or friends to have.
Store details of accounts and passwords (in a safe place!). This can than be sorted out along with your will and your estate.
The eSafety Commissioner has good advice on how you can help your loved ones by planning what will happen to your digital presence after you pass away. Check it out at https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/how-to/digital-legacy
Last updated 02 August 2021