Making it easier to gain access to your accounts after death

Updated: 12/31/2017 by Computer Hope

Password protectedAfter your death one of the more complicated things your loved ones have to deal with is your personal online accounts. Not having a username and password for a deceased account can make accessing or deleting that account difficult and in some cases impossible. Below are some suggestions you can do to help make your death easier for everyone.

Sealed envelope or Safe deposit

One of the easiest solutions is to have a sealed envelope that's held by your attorney or kept in a safe deposit box to be distributed to your family at the time of your death. In this envelope you can keep commonly used password information for logging into your computer. You can also see information about obtaining your passwords, online sites you have accounts with, etc.

It's also a good idea to keep a password manager installed on your computer that is configured with all your latest password information, as mentioned below.

Password manager

Keeping your passwords and usernames in a password manager helps if you forget your credentials and can be a convenient way for a loved one to access your login information when necessary.

Online services

Finally, in addition to the above recommendation there are companies that can also help distribute your personal account information at the time of your death such as those mentioned below.