One in 10 Britons to leave digital passwords in their wills

UK estimated to have £2.3bn of digital value

Nearly 2,000 adults polled in the UK over online habits, with 53.5% having possessions stored online in various cloud services, including videos, photos and valuable documents

According to a recent survey, 11% in the UK are leaving behind their various internet passwords in their wills, so family and friends can access personal data on websites like Facebook and Flickr.

A new survey by Goldsmiths, University of London, carried out for cloud computing company Rackspace, also showed 30% of Brits think of their digital possessions as "digital inheritance".

Almost 24% of UK adults also estimate they own digital treasures worth more than £200 per person in the cloud, which equals to a minimum of £2.3 billion across the nation.

After people die, family members usually cannot access the deceased's passwords which can lead to their accounts becoming prey of hackers or spammers. Adults want to safeguard their digital identity from such abuse by leaving passwords in their wills.

With data such as photographs and videos being stored in the cloud with services like Hotmail, Facebook, Dropbox, YouTube and Flickr, this move allows others to access items they may not have been able to previously.

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Via: The Telegraph