Online Asset Ownership – Who Will Own Your Digital Legacy?

How did we manage in the past? Our busy lives call for more technology, faster delivery times, and we want everything now, now NOW! Paying bills, banking online, ordering groceries, and speaking to friends – everything can be done at the click of a button whenever and wherever we want.

But with this wonderful convenience comes greater risk. No longer are our accounts safely tucked away under lock and key and no longer are our personal details something we have filed away in a drawer. The digital age has brought with it greater considerations for security and the way we deal with our personal affairs and finances online.

Whilst many people are very diligent about their personal data online they may not consider the implications of their online assets continuing to be available online after their death. Many couples of instance have insurance policies, bank accounts and other arrangements that are held under a sole name. In the event of one partner dying, the other partner may have real difficulty accessing or closing these accounts if they do not have the personal details required to access them. This many not just apply to bank accounts and investments. Pictures, music, books and social media accounts could also be unavailable if the password details are known only to the deceased.

So how do you go about keeping your personal data safe and out of the wrong hands whilst also ensuring your loved ones have access to what they need when you die?

Digital inheritance is really only just starting to gain impetus, but as the digital legacy problem starts to rear its head more and more, many people are starting to take notice and get their digital affairs in order. Using a digital legacy will ensure that every single online asset you own is recorded in detail and kept 100% secure. You can appoint a trusted person to gain access to your records when you die and give instructions to that person on how you would like your affairs to be taken care of.

Digital legacy services of this kind are also very useful for the living. They allow you to keep track of your online assets, add and remove assets as you go, and keep a centralised store of all user accounts and passwords – handy if you manage a large number of online accounts and need to remind yourself of passwords or other details.

The way a digital legacy service works is simple. You open an account, upload data you wish to be stored, or include details of any account records you wish to be recorded and then leave details with your trusted executor or in your will.

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Faithbooking – 5 Reasons to Leave a Spiritual Legacy For Your Child-Grandchild

Faithbooking your Spiritual Message

What will happen when you are no longer here on Planet Earth? Maybe you’ve taken care of a will so that your material possessions will be distributed according to your wishes but what about the spiritual part? Those experiences that happened to you-will they die when you pass on?

Have you ever considered that God intended for us to share the experiences of what He’s done for us with the generations to come? If you’re like me maybe it’s taking a long time for this message to soak in. While I knew we were suppose to tell our children the stories in the Bible, it took me a long time to understand that God wants me to tell my son and grandchild the stories of how God has been present in our lives. Look at these examples.

- ” Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise God.” Psalm 102:18 (The Message)

- “Write it so the story can be told…” Psalm 102:21 (The Message)

- “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” Joel 1:3 (New International Version)

- “…One generation makes known your faithfulness to the next.” Isaiah 38:19 (The Living Bible)

Clearly the Bible instructs us to pass on our faith to our children and grandchildren but how?

How Can You Pass On Your Legacy of Faith?
If you’re like me, you may feel you don’t get to see your grandchildren often enough. Many of our lifestyles today prohibit close relationships with family. This can be caused by demanding jobs or living hundreds of miles apart.
However, there is a way you can share your faith with your grandchildren as well as future generations. It’s a fairly new hobby springing up. Churches and individuals are jumping into “Scrapbooking your Faith” or “Faithbooking.”

Take a Look at Five Benefits of Scrapbooking Your Faith
As we share stories of God’s Presence in our lives, many wonderful things can happen. Take a look at these benefits.

1. Gives you an opportunity to Express your Love
Through personal letters, cards, poems and stories, you will have the opportunity to share your love with your grandchild. Perhaps you associate a particular verse in the Bible with your grandson-or maybe you’d like to write a prayer for your little granddaughter. Any person you love can receive your gift of love through the Faithbook you create for them.

2. Fosters Self-Esteem
Watch your grandchild smile as you honor her when you make a scrapbook layout (page) about her. You may even see tears pool in your adult son’s eyes when he looks at the first layout you’ve created about him. Whether you create pages about football or dance competitions, your attention focused on your special person will make him/her feel special and loved.

3. Passes on Spiritual Inspiration
As you place scriptures, letters, prayers or stories on your layouts, you are planting seeds of faith. You may be giving hope just when your great-great grandchild desperately needs words of encouragement.

4. Gives the feeling of Being Connected
Even when you live hundreds of miles apart, your little grandchild can still feel connected through your faithbook pages. You can help your grandchild understand that he or she is an important member of your family. You can help them see how they are a part of “the big picture”.

5. Touches the Future
In the last year, have you heard one of Elvis’ songs? Along with many other famous people, Elvis left behind a legacy that others would continue to enjoy for years to come. Perhaps years ago as he recorded his songs, he did not think about reaching out and touching the future.

Today you have the choice . You can reach out into the future with your Spiritual message. You may not have an audience as massive as that of Elvis but you have one. Yours is even more important because it is made up of those who love you.

One day your time will be finished here on Planet Earth. As a Christian you will be destined for your new home in Heaven.

Your opportunity for making a difference in the lives of others will be over.

Your time for procrastinating is over. Today is the time to start while you still have a chance.

Leave your spiritual legacy-for the love of your family.

©2009 Scrapbook Your Christian Faith and Donna Riner Weber

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‘Tron: Legacy’ Movie Review

The Movie Reviews score: 7.2 out of 10

Although Tron: Legacy has some great special effects, it is not as good or as groundbreaking as the original Tron. Tron: Legacy definitely has its good moments and bad moments. Jeff Bridges, who I like as an actor, gave a decent performance but had some really corny “hippie” lines throughout the movie. I suppose that fits in with the zen-like character he has become, but it still comes off as corny. Special effects did a good job digitizing Bridges to give him a younger face, but it is still pretty obvious that it is digital and not his real face. Other special effects and certain parts of the story I did enjoy, but there were definitely some flaws there.

The story begins explaining Flynn’s (Bridges) disappearance shortly after the original Tron movie takes place. His son is now in his 20s and is rebellious since his Dad disappeared. He doesn’t like the what has happened to his Dad’s company either and has taken to pulling a yearly prank on the company. Cillian Murphy’s character now runs Flynn’s company. I was disappointed that he was only in the movie for about 5 minutes. I also thought it was kind of funny that Murphy would take such a small role in the movie. Anyway, Alan (Tron’s “User”), who still holds a prominent position in the company, tells Sam (Flynn’s son) that he somehow received a page from his Dad and urges him to check out the source, which is Flynn’s old abandoned arcade. At the arcade, Sam unexpectedly gets transported to the computer world just like his father did in the first Tron. Then the fun begins.

The movie reviews for Tron: Legacy were definitely mixed. Ebert gave it 3 out of 4 stars and said, “the artificial world is wonderfully well-rendered” and the movie provides “visual excitement.” However, he calls the plot a “catastrophe.” Four star blog also gave it a 3 out of 4 and calls it a “blast.” They also praise Jeff Bridges performance. Reelviews was less complimentary as they called it “superficial eye candy” and also said “they had 28 years and this is the best they could come up with?” users currently rate the movie at 7.0 out of 10. Netflix users give it a 3.8 out of 5 stars while Blockbuster users give it a 3.5 out of 5.

While I didn’t think the plot was quite a “catastrophe” I definitely thought it was just average. I can see how some people wouldn’t like this movie, but being a sci-fi movie fan I thought that, overall, Tron:Legacy was worth watching and was a fun movie, despite all its flaws.

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