Imagine that you die with computer passwords in your head, leaving coworkers without access to critical files. Imagine your loved ones cannot find your bank accounts, or that you die with a secret that you longed to reveal during your lifetime. A deathswitch is an automated system that prompts you for your password on a regular schedule to make sure you are still alive. When you do not enter your password for some period of time, the system prompts you again several times. With no reply, the computer deduces you are dead or critically disabled, and your pre-scripted messages are automatically emailed to the individuals you designated.
You set the frequencies according to what fits best for your lifestyle. We can check on you from once a day to once a year. Each time you respond to a prompt you can change the prompting frequencies and the number of checks we’ll make if you don’t respond.
We leverage all possible security measures and encryption technologies to insure the safety of your messages against hackers. However, for added security we suggest that you encode your messaged where possible. For example, you can design your message to contain privately shared codes (“my password is a combination of the street where we grew up and the first name of your mother-in-law”). Second, advanced users can encode their message using encryption technologies, giving a recipient half the decoding key and storing the other half on the Deathswitch.
Update your post-mortem messages and recipient list as often as you want. By default, your messages are emailed after a prolonged period of non-response triggers your Deathswitch. However, in the My Messages subscriber’s area you can set your messages to be sent out anytime up to a year after the Deathswitch is triggered.
Feel free to test out your deathswitch as often as you’d like. Set up a fake message to another email account, and then don’t respond to the prompts, thereby triggering the switch. After you’ve verified that the message was properly delivered, you canlog back in to the site and click the button that reads “Wait – I’m still alive!” and your switch will be reset. You can do this as often as you’d like.