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Google Inactive Account Manager

Google Inactive Account Manager

In what is surely a direct response to my earlier post “Death and…Passwords?” Google recently announced on their public policy blog a new service called “Google Inactive Account Manager”. This cleverly-named feature lets you decide what you want to have happen to all of your Google-related accounts should you fail to access them for an extended period of time. (Which is my euphemistic way of saying “die” without actually using the word.)

After a period of inactivity that you set – ranging from 1 to 18 months – you can have Google either notify trusted people that your account is inactive, or simply delete your Google-related accounts. More information can be found on the “About Inactive Account Manager” page.

With Google leading the way, it will hopefully only be a matter of time until this type of feature is standard fare for any online sign-up service.

And on that cheery note, I’m going to sign off and take my coffee outside to drink on the patio, and enjoy the time I have left.

Death and … passwords?

Estate planning in the Internet age

Computer Password

I admit that it’s a bit of a stretch to write about passwords on a financial blog, but to be fair, it’s part of estate planning these days.  Also, I find that people who invest are generally the type of people who like to take care of business, as it were.  This being the Internet, that’s enough of a tie-in for me to post this here.

Every once in a while, you hear an idea that is so good, and so obvious (in hindsight) that you wonder how you have been able to live so long without thinking of it yourself.  If you’re like me, you (metaphorically!) kick yourself, make a mental note, and then, well, misplace the note a few days later.  And so it was with this idea, until I was reminded of it again the other day.  This, time, however, I’m writing it down so that I absolutely can’t forget to do it.  …someday.

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