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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"? 191

Posted by samzenpus
from the won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-children? dept.
First time accepted submitter ron-l-j writes "The last few months a digital inheritance idea has been floating around in my head, and I am sure the thought has crossed your mind as well. With Google talking about the inactive account program it made me wonder, how do I make sure my children get my iTunes, and amazon movies? I have plenty of mp4 movies on my server that will just set itself to admin with no password after I do not log in within a 6 month time frame. But what about the huge amount spent on digital content every year? What's the best way to make sure your "digital inheritance" gets passed down?"
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

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  • Re:license not goods (Score:5, Informative)

    by PhotoJim (813785) <[ac.mijotohp] [ta] [mij]> on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:22PM (#43452965) Homepage

    I buy all my stuff on physical CDs and DVDs/Blu-Ray discs and then rip it (in the case of my music) for a few reasons, but this is a big one.

    If ever I want to give away the media, I can - whether I'm alive or dead. No confusion, no complication.

  • by Joce640k (829181) on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:34PM (#43453079) Homepage

    Well for my generation my parent's music collection is vinyl. It has some value beyond musical.

    I'd check out the prices of vinyl on eBay before making that judgement...

    Warning: You may be disappointed.

  • Re:Make a list (Score:4, Informative)

    by SirGarlon (845873) on Monday April 15, 2013 @12:46PM (#43453183)

    I took a somewhat different approach. I keep all my passwords in an encrypted database (I like Password Gorilla []). I wrote the password to this database, and the login password to my home PC, on a slip of paper and put it in a safe deposit box at my bank.

    The safe deposit box uses two-factor authentication: you have to possess the key, and you need a photo ID identifying you as an authorized user of the box.

    I prefer this approach because it is not reliant on human memory. I am not carrying a list of passwords around with me to be found by a stranger if I ever lose my keychain. It is also robust in the event I forget my "master" password, which could happen if I were disabled and went without using it for a few months. I can change who has access to the passwords through my will: currently my wife has access, but it could just as easily be the executor of my estate.

  • Re:You don't own (Score:5, Informative)

    by captaindomon (870655) on Monday April 15, 2013 @01:11PM (#43453383)
    I agree completely with parent. There is a difference between passing an inheritance to your children and providing access. I can leave the keys to my house to my children, but that doesn't mean the legal possession of the house will pass to them. Very different concepts.

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