Last year I wrote an article about online resources for preparing for your digital afterlife. If you’re like me, I have an increasingly growing collection of registered websites, like my Flickr, Google, PayPal and other financial accounts, and even my iTunes account that my family will need to access after I pass away, or in the case of extreme illness. Setting up a way for them to access my important data, especially in the case of an emergency, needs to be as simple and straightforward as possible. A site like SecureSafe might just be the solution.
SecureSafe simply enables you to securely store URL links and passwords to your most important online sites, as well as documents and media files, so that data can be retrieved by you and any beneficiary you designate to access your digital safe.
How It Works
The process for using SecureSafe is pretty straightforward. You register as you would on most online sites. But the important thing to remember about SecureSafe is that it does not retain your password information. You will need to save and print out the activation codes they create for you or your beneficiaries in the event that you forget your password or username.
Next, you need to add the important websites and data that you want secured and made available to your designated beneficiaries. You will no doubt have to come back and update this information on a regular basis as you change and add additional online accounts and data.
Securing data in one place can also be useful in the event your credit or debit cards are stolen and you need to quickly make calls to close you accounts.
Your account also includes a File Safe for uploading important documents (e.g., financial, business, health, and property documents.)
Setting Up a Beneficiary
The ultimate point of SecureSafe is for a designated person to access your digital safe after you have passed away or when you can’t access it yourself. In your SecureSafe account, you click on “Add Beneficiary” and add the necessary information about contacting that person.
At some point, your digital beneficiary will need to know that you have made him or her a trust-person, and where to locate your printed access codes to log into your account. Those printed codes should be available in two or three places.
In setting up your data inheritance, you should also provide SecureSafe with your contact data – email and mobile number. By providing SecureSafe with this information, you will be notified when the data-inheritance process has been activated by your designated trust-person on your account.
You can also designate a delay time to prevent data-inheritance from happening without your consent. So if you set the time for 8 days, that means your trust-person won’t get access to your account until the end of eight days, and if there’s no response from you denying that access.
SecureSafe generously provides users with up to 50 passwords, 10MB of document storage space, mobile app access, and 1 beneficiary all for free. The cost of paid plans are also pretty modest. For a company like this, you want to make sure it’s going be around for a long while.
Let us know what you think of SecureSafe. And also check out these articles for other ideas about online password and document security: