Tech Protection: Cover Your Digital Assets

In this information age, gathering up and securing the most important information – the critical passwords, user names, insurance, savings and important documents we have – is a vital task than many overlook.

For RVers, having access to that material, and being able to safely share it with a relative or a professional like an contact or lawyer,  is also an important need.

I have some suggestions on how to safeguard those digital assets that come from the NBC-TV story I did on my “PCMike” segment this week..

Estate Assist is a powerful tool that creates a sort of online safety deposit box where you can store everything from online passwords and logins for all your accounts to offline documents like insurance policies, mortgage agreements, passports, social security cards, wills and the like.

It lets you include a spouse, friend, family member or trusted professional like an accountant or lawyer to have access to your Estate Assist Safe now, or at some point in the future. It’s encrypted and totally secure, protected by a $1 million insurance guarantee on each account in the case of a data breach.

Identity theft protection is also available. It's free for 30 days, thereafter plans start at $5 a month. But it's a great tool for traveling folks.

Ever come across an article or video you want to view later and then forget where you saw it when you have more bandwidth or tme to review?  That’s why you should have the Pocket app, which lets you save articles, videos and webpages to be viewed at a later date. With 12 million registered users, Pocket is a save-it-for-later service that has been integrated into 500 apps and as an extension for most browsers. Once your items have been saved, you can access them even without an Internet connection. It's free for Apple and Android devises.

If you collect online coupons and those little key fobs for discount cards, you’ll want KeyRing. It works with Apple or Android devices. Just scan your cards and when you’re at the store, just show the phone to the cashier for your discount.

These are handy tools for anyone, but especially RVers.

Here's my NBC PC Mike video showing what the apps look like:





  • Nice article. You really hit on a couple of very broad topics… One is around the idea that if a person passes on, there is an entire digital estate that can be very hard to manage without proper access.

    The other ideas are much easier for some of us. For example, I’m mostly on Apple products, which means Keychain & Reading List are simply built in for free and “just work”. I use Keyring and it is a very nice app.

    Cheers.

    • So true Marlan. We now have to think of making sure our loved ones know our logins and passwords and what and where we store stuff online.