• What happens to our Facebook when we die? Hyatt Gold Passport points? American Airlines miles? PayPal account?

    WebCease identifies active online accounts for the deceased and instructs on the different options for retrieval, closure or memorialization in accordance with the policies of each site.

  • 93 percent of Americans who have digital assets were unaware of or misinformed about what would happen to their digital assets should they die.

    The average Internet user has $37,000 in unprotected digital assets.

     

    Americans on average valued their digital assets at nearly $55,000.

    54 percent of Americans say they don't spend much, or any, time thinking about their own death. 60% of Americans say they do not have a will.

  • Dead and online: What happens to your digital estate when you die?

    There are nearly four billion registered e-mail accounts and more than one billion Facebook accounts worldwide. But what happens to all of that online information after we're gone? Entrepreneurs and legislative groups are trying to offer solutions and build awareness of the complications surrounding digital estate planning after death. Hari Sreenivasan reports.

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What is a Digital Asset?

Digital assets include a person’s electronically stored content and online accounts, such as emails, photos, music, social networking profiles, career information, and blogs. They can have an emotional, sentimental, or monetary value. Digital assets usually fall into four main categories: Financial, Personal, Social, and Loyalty Rewards.

Here are some common digital assets:

  • Email accounts, such as Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail
  • Social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
  • Airline loyalty reward programs, such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines
  • Hotel loyalty reward programs, such as Hyatt, Marriott, or Starwood