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A deadman’s switch for google. – Allow someone access if you no longer check into google.

Google can be a significant portion of someone’s life. If a person dies or becomes disabled, the information in their account might be lost forever. It is possible to set google so that it will allow access for selected individuals if you stop checking into your account.

You can access the settings here or search google for “Google Inactive Account Manager”

You have the options of allowing someone access to your account if you don’t check in within a set time. The minimum timeframe was three months. As someone who uses Google daily, I’d like to see that set to one month.

You also have the option of completely deleting your account if you fail to check in. That, in my opinion, is a dangerous option.

We like to think of ourselves as immortal but sadly that is never the case. With this option, your relatives or significant others will be able to access photos, email or whatever you select. (I didn’t allow access to my search history)

 

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