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General Estate Planning for Passwords and Digital Property

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! For tips about creating strong passwords, backing up your data, Internet safety and security, social networking privacy and security settings, and more, visit: StaySafeOnline.org. Tip sheets and other resources are available on their … Continue reading

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Importance of Preserving “Electronic Evidence” During Incapacity or After Death

Recently, four potential heirs were found guilty of conspiracy to murder, based on evidence of Google searches for “easiest way to kill an old person,” “poisonous toadstools,” and “1,000 ways to die,” followed by an attack carried out on their … Continue reading

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U.S. Savings Bonds Will Only Be Sold Digitally

On July 13, 2011, the U.S. Treasury announced that they will no longer sell paper–based savings bonds after 2011—starting in 2012, U.S. savings bonds will only be sold digitally. Existing paper savings bonds can still be redeemed at financial institutions. But, … Continue reading

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Can the Government Compel You to Reveal Your Passwords?

In a law enforcement investigation, can the government compel you to reveal the passwords to unlock your encrypted storage devices and data? That’s the issue that the United States District Court for the District of Colorado must decide. I recently … Continue reading

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Government Searches of Cell Phones, Computers, and Digital Property

In my January 12, 2011, seminar presentation at the 45th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida, I spoke about estate planning for passwords, online accounts, and digital property. As part of that seminar, I spoke and wrote about … Continue reading

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Jim Lamm Quoted in The Columbus Dispatch

On May 10, 2011, I was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch in the article “Cyberlife Could go on Without You” by Rita Price. The article talks about estate planning issues for passwords, online accounts, and digital property. The article quotes my … Continue reading

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Sony PlayStation Network Passwords and User Information Compromised

On April 19, 2011, Sony’s PlayStation Network was compromised by a hacker (link). Sony believes that user account information was obtained, including the user’s real name, home address, e–mail address, birth date, username, password, credit card number, and credit card expiration … Continue reading

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Jim Lamm Interviewed on Public Radio: Your Digital Afterlife

On April 15, 2011, I participated in an hour–long panel discussion titled “Your Digital Afterlife” that was broadcast on public radio station WFAE 90.7 FM in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Mike Collins, the host of the “Charlotte Talks” daily talk … Continue reading

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World Backup Day

March 31 is World Backup Day—a day to remind us to backup our important computer data (and smartphone data), as well as a reminder to test our backup software, storage media, and data restoration procedures. The World Backup Day Web site … Continue reading

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