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How to ensure LastPass is set for your digital afterlife

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In our modern era, there’s a missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to dealing with the affairs of a lost loved one. Having a will is great. Having a living trust is even better. But often these don’t cover your digital legacy.

What would happen if you suddenly passed away? Would your spouse have access to your digital accounts? Or would they have to wait months to get permission from the court before going to each one of these businesses with that proof and your death certificate.

A password manager like LastPass, is a great way to create a digital will. It acts as an itemized list of your online accounts and give access to your heirs.

LastPass offers this in the form of Emergency Access, which is “the ability to grant one-time access to your Vault (including all of your passwords, Secure Notes, Form Fill data, and other information) to one or more designated LastPass users, and specify an access delay.”

How to add a LastPass Emergency Access user

Inside your LastPass Vault:

  1. Find and click Emergency Access in the left navigation.
  2. Click the Add icon.
  3. Enter the email address of any active LastPass user you wish to give access to your account.
  4. Specify the wait time which adds a delay between when the person requests and when they are given access. This allows you to decline their request.
  5. Press Send Invite

The other party must Accept invite through their email or in their LastPass Emergency Access dashboard under People Who Trust Me.

For more detailed instructions see the LastPass support page.

Published on March 15, 2020

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