It’s a common practice to prepare a Will that states how your assets will be distributed after you die. But what of your digital assets like your Gmail account, Google+ account or the data saved on Google Drive? Considering how much information is saved in today’s digital world, Google has launched a system called Inactive Account Manager which will allow you to tell Google “what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account.” Also Read - Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale to kick off on August 5: Deals, discounts and offers
The Inactive Account Manager can be found on one’s Google Account settings page. The feature allows you to choose what you want Google to do with all your accounts and the data in them. You could either transfer them to your loved ones or ask Google to delete any traces that they ever existed. You can even set a time period from three months to a year and only when Google detects that there has been no activity, will it start the procedures. Before taking any kind of action, Google will obviously send a text message or an email to your Gmail’s secondary address and when it gets a confirmation will go ahead. Also Read - How to record a Zoom video call for free: In 5 simple steps
You can choose what kind of data you want shared from Google services like Blogger, Contacts and Circles, Drive, Gmail, Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams, Picasa Web Albums, Google Voice and YouTube, as well as your +1s from across the web. Google has also clarified that the person you’ve authorized won’t be get any passwords or able to use your Gmail account, as they will only be getting the data.
Credit should be given to Google to come up with this little feature that will help you rest in peace knowing none of your data will fall into wrong hands after you die.