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Password secrecy challenges families after death

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What happens to your online profiles after you die? The matter can get very hectic for a family.

"I would hope that they would shut it down," said Kayla O’Donnell, who hasn’t backed up her passwords.

Some people haven’t even considered what they would do if they died and didn't leave any of their passwords behind.

“No. Not at all, I didn't even think about it until you just mentioned it," said Stella Yi.

Attorney John Riccione said putting it off isn't a good idea, especially when it comes to automatic payments taken out of your bank account.

“Unfortunately when you pass away, no one knows that automatically, unless you've made some kind of list of what you do on a monthly basis," Riccione said.

Riccione also said creating a will that includes a list of your digital assets is something everyone, including the younger generations, should look into.

“During their entire lifetime, they're going to accumulate so much by way of digital type assets. They really need to account for it, probably more so than those in an older generation, who really haven't perhaps accumulated much," added Riccione.

If you don't account for it, social media sites will continue to go on long after you're gone.

"Now that you've just told me that I kind of do want to back up my passwords and things like that, just in case something does happen to me," said Gerald Allen.

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