Are your online accounts protected by a social media will? - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Are your online accounts protected by a social media will?

Posted: Updated:
When you die, who will control your social media accounts like Facebook or LinkedIn? When you die, who will control your social media accounts like Facebook or LinkedIn?
ATLANTA -

When you die, who will control your social media accounts like Facebook and LinkedIn?  It's something you may not have thought about, but FOX 5 I-Team reporter Dana Fowle says the government wants you to put those instructions in your will.

If you're like many people, you probably have dozens of online accounts.  Some of those sites contain your private information.  So, let's say you upload your private pictures to a photography site. What happens to those photos when you die?

A government blog recommends that you get a social media will and an online executor. Based on your wishes, the executor can then manage your accounts by either leaving them up for a certain length of time, or shutting them down immediately.

But what should you do about your passwords?  The government blog suggests putting your usernames and passwords in the will. However, over the course of time, those passwords change. Getting an online password vault is one solution. Using an online vault means you only need one password, and it's a safe place to store all of your account passwords.

  • I-Team Story ArchiveMore>>

  • FOX 5 I-Team Investigates

    Child traumatically injured in beach house elevator

    Child traumatically injured in beach house elevator

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:09:54 GMT
    Another child has been seriously injured in a residential elevator accident. This is a warning for any family renting a beach house.
    Another child has been seriously injured in a residential elevator accident. This is a warning for any family renting a beach house.
  • Governor reacts to Ethics allegations

    Governor reacts to Ethics allegations

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:40:07 GMT
    The Governor sat down with Senior Fox 5 I-Team Reporter Dale Russell for his first television interview following allegations of strong-arming by a member of his staff.
    The Governor sat down with Senior Fox 5 I-Team Reporter Dale Russell for his first television interview following allegations of strong-arming by a member of his staff.
  • I-Team: Doctor guilty of Medicaid Fraud

    I-Team: Doctor guilty of Medicaid Fraud

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:39:09 GMT
    Six years after the I-Team first raised questions about Dr. Nathaniel Johnson's medical practices, the noted OB/GYN and cosmetic surgeon pled guilty to Medicaid Fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.
    Six years after the I-Team first raised questions about Dr. Nathaniel Johnson's medical practices, the noted OB/GYN and cosmetic surgeon pled guilty to Medicaid Fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.
  • Contact the FOX 5 I-Team

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 5.  To reach our newsroom by phone, please call (404) 898-0100.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Juvenile Justice career opportunities

    Juvenile Justice career opportunities

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:06:53 GMT
    The Department of Juvenile Justice is rolling out the agency’s summer recruitment schedule to connect with eligible applicants searching for full time placement in juvenile corrections career positions.
    The Department of Juvenile Justice is rolling out the agency’s summer recruitment schedule to connect with eligible applicants searching for full time placement in juvenile corrections career positions.
  • Explore, Learn About Nature At Elachee Nature Science Center

    Explore, Learn About Nature At Elachee Nature Science Center

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:34:54 GMT
    Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore nature. And there's no better place to do it than at one of North Georgia's most beautiful and unique environmental education centers.
    Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore nature. And there's no better place to do it than at one of North Georgia's most beautiful and unique environmental education centers.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices