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When I die

I've always wondered about what happens to password protected data when you die.

What have YOU done about this? Have you given your passwords to a loved one?

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decibel45
Oct. 3rd, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
All my encrypted stuff could almost certainly be hacked by any number of my friends, given physical access. That wouldn't provide access to bank accounts/paypal, but you pretty much need a will for that.

Another option is to keep a file of passwords in a bank vault, but that means constantly having to go and update it. A better option is to use something like PGP to securely encrypt a file on your local machine, and keeping a copy of the private PGP key (without a passphrase) in the vault. That way you can modify the file as needed, yet keep it secure on your machine. A *huge* benefit to doing that is that you can use a different password for every site, and make that password something like Fe87@48o, because you'll never have to actually remember what that password is. It also helps protect against a key logger ending up on your machine, because (presumably) all it would log is you cutting and pasting that string (though I suppose more advanced ones could probably grab the contents of the clipboard as well).

There's also some software out there that effectively does the same thing but makes it a bit easier.
snaxxx
Oct. 5th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
I see your mouth moving but all I hear is "Blah blah blah". :P

Thanks for 'splaining, I think I understand a little - so this means I should be able to finally update Austin Womens Beer League webpage if I can remember how we set it up??
usumcasane
Oct. 5th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
I like the thought that there is this bit of ephemera out there that can't be accessed. Mystery.
snaxxx
Oct. 5th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
As disorganized as my apartment is, I should hope to be able for some pieces of my life to be closed up...except the credit card companies, screw that!
usumcasane
Oct. 5th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
LOL. That is most of what is password protected for me... credit cards.
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