Digital Files After Death, What Happens to Your Digital Legacy?

digital files after deathIt’s a morbid subject, but one that begs to be considered in today’s Digital Age: do you have a plan for what happens to your digital files after death?

 

A will often dictates what happens to physical assets—furniture, money, property, precious family heirlooms, etc.—but what about our online lives?

 

These days we spend (at least) half of our lives online between work, social media, and using technology to store and access our precious photos and files. In the event of the inevitable, it helps to have a plan in place so your loved ones know precisely what to do with your estate—online and off.

 

What to do with digital files

 

For many ScanMyPhotos customers, their laptops, hard drives, and cloud storage systems contain thousands of print photos they’ve sent to us to scan. Oftentimes, these digital files can include generations of photos that date back to the turn of the 19th century. These simply cannot be lost in the recesses of the interwebs or on a dusty old laptop from 2010.


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An 80th Birthday Surprise Becomes the Best Gift of All Time

Finding the perfect birthday gift to give a loved one is always a challenge—especially when that loved one is celebrating their 80th birthday!

 

So, what do you get the octogenarian that has everything? We recommend a sentimental trip down Memory Lane. At least, that’s what ScanMyPhotos customer Elena Shockman did to great success.

 

A few months before her 80th birthday, Elena and her grandmother started to work together on their family tree.

 

“My grandmother and I sat down and went over our family tree that she and her sister had made. As we were going through the print photos of the relatives that went along with the tree, I spotted some really old photos of great, great grandparents and great grandparents. My grandmother told me cute anecdotes and stories to go along with the photos.”

 

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The Best Ways to Store Printed Photos

Art WallAll of you ScanMyPhotos fans know that the best way to preserve photos is via photo scanning. Scan printed photos once, and you have digital copies that can be easily reproduced and shared at any time. But what about all of those printed photos you still have? You might as well store and display them in a way that will preserve them – after all, they are the originals and you can still enjoy them while they are in good shape.

 

I did a little research to find the best ways to store and display printed photos, and here’s what I found (thank you National Archives!):

 

Use a mat when framing photos

 

Ever have a framed photo stick to the glass? This a very common occurrence, and it happens when humidity gets into the frame. Unfortunately, it’s not always fixable (though a photo conservationist might be able to help). When you frame photos, use an archival quality photo-safe mat, which will add space between the glass and the photo.

 

Choose a cool, dry place for storage

 

Store your photos in the coolest and driest spot in your home, as dampness causes photos to stick together (and promotes mold growth on them – yuck!). It goes without saying that your finished basement is out unless it is dehumidified. Instead, choose a closet on an upper level temperatures stay pretty constant throughout the year.

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