Digital Inheritance

Digital is scary. Dead are the days of DVD and CD. You probably already noticed that. Our up and coming generation will never have that tangible experience, like you and I did once in our life time. And that’s the sad truth.

That sense of ownership is gone. It seems companies are going this route really fast. Taking things away from you — convincing you to trust them. My point.  Are we left with anything to pass on? Will my children inherit the digital music, movies, and softwares I’ve acquired? Should my Apple ID and password (along with other credentials) be part of my will? What will happen to these companies 50 years from now and my stuff invested in them.  As I ask myself this, I’ve come to realize that we have a humongous digital responsibility.

While corporations are following a subscription based models — leaving us with nothing to own. The little bit we do own like movies and songs on iTunes, Google Play, or media in a “cloud” needs a heir.

Have you ever thought about of this?

Because when’s the last time you printed your mobile pics, backed up songs on a physical drive, backed up the physical drive on a another physical drive? How many close loved ones have access to your passwords? Do you even list your passwords and keep them in some kind of vault or spreadsheet?  How about social media and all the contents you placed in it? Who carries on your name, brand, or keep its?

Wow, this is serious. It’s your and my digital estate we’re talking. While maybe you don’t physically own these things, it doesn’t mean they don’t have value. They do.

I want my grand-kids to have access to my paid apps, The Incredibles movie on iTunes, and my awesome music collection. That’s my digital legacy.

Hmm, food for thought.

 

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