Many Brits Pass Along Passwords as They Pass On
"And to Joey, my favorite grandson, I bequeath the password to my iTunes and Facebook accounts."
We may never know what happens to the soul after a person dies, but a new study shows we know exactly what happens to many people's online passwords: They are passed down in the will.
"Generation Cloud," a survey of 2,000 Britishers to find out what types of information they trust to cloud-based services and how increased cloud capacities are changing their digital habits, produced this touching tidbit: At least 11 percent bequeath their passwords.
"Gone are the days when old photographs, vinyl record collections and other analog artifacts were the only things to be split amongst siblings when parents passed away," the survey study said. "The idea that one will pass down a digital inheritance through generations is becoming a reality."
Along with putting their passwords in their wills, 53.5 percent of respondents said they store "digital treasures" such as photos, wedding videos, movies, emails and important legal documents in cloud services such as Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Dropbox. Twenty-four percent of the U.K. adults polled estimated that these personal treasures are worth more than