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Friday, April 03, 2009

Online Heritage

Here's an interesting site that I happened to come across today. Legacy Locker. According to the site, "Legacy Locker is a safe, secure repository for your digital property that lets you grant access to online assets for friends and loved ones in the event of death or disability." And, it seems like a good idea too. I don't know if any other online businesses exist that offer the same kind of service, but with the overall importance that the Internet has gained in our day-to-day existence, it's well worth considering the online legacy that we may one day leave behind. This is more true in the case of people who have amassed online wealth which they are very likely to leave behind in the case of their unfortunate and untimely demise.

But also consider this, as a couple of folks pointed out in their comments on Scobleizer - Robert Scoble's Blog. Here is the post that first brought me to Legacy Locker. Two comments in particular, by DaveD and yungchin, point out that Legacy Locker isn't truly legal because the creators are not lawyers by profession, and the fact that having a single location to store all your important user information -- logins and passwords -- is like writing down your PIN number and leaving it with your credit/debit card in your wallet. To elaborate on that second point, why would you store all your sensitive user information in one place to make it easier to break into? Good points to consider when you're looking at something like this.

Still, I was amazed at the overall concept of what this meant to our existence as people, as human beings. We are now officially so much not a part of the world around us to have to protect identities and property that exists on some kind of man made astral plane. Truly intense. The obvious question is, "What next?"

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