Ever wondered what will happen to your online accounts after you die? Who will access your email accounts, Facebook IDs and Twitter handles? Facebook, the most popular social networking website today have your very important personal details, photos, and videos, ever wondered what will happen to those after you are no more?
Obviously, our Facebook accounts won’t die with us, it remains online, and your valuable data could be lost forever or be hacked by some exploiters.
Well, Facebook brings a nice solution to this problem. Facebook now lets you choose an heir to your account with Facebook Legacy.
Facebook Legacy is a relatively new and unknown feature released by the social networking company earlier this year. This feature lets users choose to designate their account to their heir after their death or they can choose to delete the account.
Facebook blog post announcing the feature says, “If someone chooses, they may give their legacy contact permission to download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information they shared on Facebook. Other settings will remain the same as before the account was memorialized,” The legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or see that person’s private messages.”
Add Legacy Contact as an Heir to your Facebook account
To add a legacy contact:
- Click in the top right of Facebook.
- Select Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
- Click Memorialization Settings.
- Type in a friend’s name in Choose a friend and click Add.
This is where you can select an heir for your Facebook data. You can send them a message to inform them that you are selecting them as an heir and they will have access to your Facebook page after you die.
You can also choose to delete your account after your death. Facebook also offers an option of memorializing a Facebook page where the family and friends are allowed to leave messages of remembrance. However one needs to provide proof of death to memorialize the account.