How to control your electronic assets when you become inactive: Google
E-Crime Expert starts today a series that enables users to manage their online data (electronic assets) if they become inactive (i.e accident, jail time, passed away, etc). Let’s say this is a WILL (testament) for electronic assests which is similar in scope to a WILL for material assests (i.e. house, boat, car, etc).
Google has a program called Inactive Account Manager, that allows those who use Google services decide exactly how they want to manage their online data stored with the company (i.e. Gmail, Picasa, YouTube, blogs, Wallet, etc).
What should happen to your photos, emails and documents when you stop using your account? Google puts you in control.
You might want your data to be shared with a trusted friend or family member, or, you might want your account to be deleted entirely. There are many situations that might prevent you from accessing or using your Google account. Whatever the reason, Google gives you the option of deciding what happens to your data.
Using Inactive Account Manager, you can decide if and when your account is treated as inactive, what happens with your data and who is notified.
i. How to set up your Inactive Account Manager
First, go to https://www.google.com/settings/account
Then, go to the bottom of the page to “Learn more and go to setup” (fig. 1)
You set a timeout period, after which your account can be treated as inactive. The timeout period starts with your last sign-in to your Google account. Click Setup (fig 2).
Follow the instructions in the picture bellow (fig. 3).
iii. Alert me
Inactive Account Manager will alert you via text message and optionally email before the timeout period ends (fig. 4).
iv. Notify contacts and share data
Add trusted contacts who should be made aware that you are no longer using your account. You can also share data with them if you like (fig. 5, fig. 6 and fig. 7).
Fig. 5 (the time period after which your Account will be timed-out and the auto-response message after the account is timed-out)
Fig. 6 (auto-response-do not forget to click “save”)
Fig. 6.1 (click add trusted-contact)
Fig. 6.2 (insert email address for your trusted contact and click next)
Fig. 6.3 (select data to be shared with your trusted contact)
Fig. 6.4 (prepare email for the trusted contact when receiving your data. Click “save”)
Fig. 7 (Click enable to set up the Inactive account manager)
Fig. 8 (disable the Inactive account manager)
v. Optionally delete account
If you wish, instruct Google to delete your account on your behalf.
Fig. 9 (click “yes” for “delete my account” under “Optionally Delete Account”. Click “Enable”)
Fig. 11 (select your choice as outlined in the Figure bellow. Click “Delete Google account”)
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