Internet passwords revealed when making a will

by Sarah Ashcroft

As many as one in ten people are now leaving passwords to their internet accounts to loved ones when making a will, a new survey reveals.

Carried out by Goldsmiths at the University of London, the research found that more than a quarter of people have hundreds of pounds of digital content they want to pass on.

It estimates that data to the value of £2 billion is currently stored online, alongside items of sentimental value, such as photos saved on Flickr.

The study, which was conducted on behalf of cloud computing company Rackspace, emphasised that photos and videos are no longer stored in physical form at home.

Solicitor Matthew Strain told Sky News: "We have started to advise clients on the topic of digital inheritance as it is something people should be thinking, and doing something about as part of the provisions in their will."

Published on: October 14, 2011

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