Sun 15 Feb, 2009 12:02 am
I know it is a grim topic but I was wondering it the other day. In the old days it was only the post adress that might survive many years after the death of a person. Today one might have 10 or more differennt accounts in the internet. E-mail, Facebook, Myspace, own web sites etc. What happends to these after a person dies? Of course some of will be closed after not using them in a while. There was in the news little while ago that they found abonded DDR apartment from Berlin that wasent changed in anyway in over 20 years. It would be interesting idea if say 100 years from now people find web sites or accounts that were made in the begining of the internet.
A friend of mine died and I went looking for her accounts one day only to discover a vast region of howling demons and swirling mists. The accounts were in there somewhere amidst the demons, -- I could actually see brief glimpses of them as they whisked by in the maelstrom, and I even came close to grabbing one but the demon slapped my hand away and howled at me. These demons must be a type of internet guardian of dead people's stuff.
I left reassured and pleased that my friend's words were safe from prying eyes.
Interesting. Good idea to put it on the will. If one would play some online game for example World of Warcraft they could pass on their character to someone.
I've run into some of those demons, Gus. There are a couple of internet accounts of my own, started back in the antedeluvian days of the early 1990s, that even I myself cannot access any more. They're there somewhere out in cyberspace but them damn' demons won't let me near 'em. In one case somebody tried to hack into my account (with some minimal success, I might add) and now those demons who're charged with protecting site security won't let anybody near the site -- not even me. And the password I was using at the time has become anathema. Anywhere.
I I have an even larger problem all my data on all my computers is protected by truecrypt AES 256. Unless I give the pass phases to a second party all my digit information will die with me and all my computers will need to re-format and the OS re-install on the hard drives before they can be used.
This is the situation as of now but then I am going to live forever at least that want I tell myself.