Since about 1939, the phrase “time capsule” has been used. What’s changed is its method of execution. Gone are the days of stuffing large, bulky objects with nostalgic and historical tidbits; My Digital Afterlife is a web service for creating digital time capsules. It allows people to share information in the event of death or an emergency.
For the company’s owner and founder, David Molnar, it was an “aha” moment.
“While doing the dishes one night, I learned of a friend’s deployment to Afghanistan,” Molnar says. “He was leaving behind a pregnant wife and the thought that he could be killed in action and never get to know his unborn child. This thought was what led to the concept of My Digital Afterlife.”
After some research, Molnar discovered that there was no similar service out there. He set out to create a virtual time capsule service where people could share everything from audio files and photos to important papers, videos and more.
My Digital Afterlife is designed to be used by anyone. It is ideal for people in the military, those interested in ancestry or simply for people who wish to leave lasting memories behind.
While the features of the site are numerous, this virtual safe deposit box is designed with a top-notch security system in place that has the highest-grade encryption. In fact, the site’s administrators cannot even view their clients’ files; Privacy is key.
“The site is also forward looking,” Molnar explains. “For instance, if someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but wishes to set up an e-mail alert system where a loved one will receive future birthday or anniversary notes; it can be done.”
In addition to personal letters, video notes and audio files, users may also upload financial information, important personal and business contacts, passwords and more. All information is safely stored in one, easy-to-access storage space.
Users also designate account administrators. These are trusted people who have account access and will provide any qualifying information such as a copy of a death certificate, or other necessary documentation. Once the appropriate information is received and verified, the process of sending notification to recipients of their digital inheritance begins.
“Ultimately, My Digital Afterlife provides the account holder with the necessary tools to document and preserve their personal history as it happens,” explains Molnar. “It’s the ability to pass on a firsthand account of their thoughts, feelings and actions to family and loved ones for generations to come.”
Monthly plans are $9.99; quarterly plans are discounted at $24.99 per quarter. For more information, visit: www.MyDigitalAfterlife.com.
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