I voted for @jeremy and @bryanlunduke. Now, some of this was because I learned a lot from their discussion and I didn’t learn as much from ours because I by definition already knew half of it But also because it was a sober, intelligent chat about the whole nature of the area of what to do after death. And because the Dan Brown bit about having a set of clues which lead to my passphrase made me laugh and think of a way to do it!
I think the thing that makes this whole area complicated for me is that it would seem rather a shame for all my stuff to be completely inaccessible if I die, but equally I don’t think I’m prepared to go Bryan’s route and just throw open the doors to my family. I’d like some data to be passed on but some to disappear. And the mammoth nature of the classification task there, dividing everything into one of those two categories, makes me not wanna start.
There’s something of a shortcut, which is giving someone access to your mail account – from there, they can pretty much get at everything else via password resets. Not everything, probably, but a lot. I’m impressed with Bryan’s dead man’s switch. What I’d like is some way to set that up myself, but do it now and not have to touch it again. That’s a challenge. Assume I die, say, twenty years from now. There is no server I possess which I had twenty years ago; there is little data on the servers I do possess which was also there, and the likelihood that a decade from now I’ll get a new server and remember to set up the cron job again is slim at best. But equally I am very very unkeen on the idea of finding some external service and saying “here are the keys to the kingdom”, firstly because I don’t trust them to still have integrity twenty years from now, secondly because I don’t believe most services will be around twenty years from now, and thirdly because they’ll charge me money for it (which I don’t mind) but me paying that money will not decrease the risk of the first two happening. So, I’m not sure how to solve this, and that’s even after listening to the discussion in which I learned a lot about both ways to approach this and what already exists.