These days I brainstormed about how does one give their passwords/pin codes/etc to their will executor so that the executor can do what the person wanted after their death?

For instance, how would a person give them access to information like:

  • my PayPal accounts (personal and business)
  • Bitcoin Wallet
  • maybe computer passwords
  • phone PIN codes
  • etc.

I am pretty sure writing them on a piece of paper is not the best idea, unless they are not somehow encrypted and can be decrypted by the executor.

From a security point of view, what would be the right way to verify the death of the person in an automatic way? Such as... if the person is offline/inactive on the internet for X days (e.g. 6 months, 1 year etc).

Is there a classical way to handle these credentials and internet data to the executor, making sure the executor will get access to them only after the person's death?

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    I seem to recall that there are legal services which can do this for you. – forest Apr 9 at 5:27
  • This is looking more like a legal question than an information security question, the way you've asked it. If you want to know how to protect the data before it is given to an executor, then that's a better fit here. There are lots of services to provide this information. And the legal process verifies the death of the person and then empowers the executor. – schroeder Apr 9 at 9:26
  • There's some room for a technical answer; services like deadmansswitch.net provide a digital "timeout" independent of any particular social-media or financial service - but cannot provide strong security assurances. A digital solution that could, and could support or augment a legal one, would be very useful. (That's how I interpreted the question, anyway) – Royce Williams Apr 9 at 14:16
  • @schroeder Yes, exactly. Regarding how does they validate the person's death, I was also asking from a security perspective: I was wondering if there is a way of setting a script somehow that will be executed if the person is offline for more than 5 months, let's say... or something like that. Obviously, that isn't the best solution. I am wondering if something like that exists. – Ionică Bizău Apr 9 at 16:21
  • @IonicăBizău there are lots of ways to do that. Please edit your question to focus it a little. – schroeder Apr 9 at 16:23

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