Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Tip For All Facebook Users - Setup A "Legacy Contact" Today

Have you ever thought about what would happen to your Facebook Account after you have passed on? My first reaction was "who cares" - it's inconsequential. Family members would have many more important things to worry about. Upon further reflection, Facebook would certainly be far down the list, but not completely insignificant. The Internet can be an unruly place. Hackers can hijack static accounts and create all kinds of mischief in the names of those that are deceased. You may not care, but your family would be left to battle with these fraudulent individuals on your behalf.


Facebook has now provided an option to designate a "Legacy Contact". This is similar to giving a particular individual a power of attorney. The designee will be able to assume control of your account upon your passing. In addition, you can also choose to have your account deleted upon your passing, rather than giving someone legacy control. In this case, a family member would be required to contact Facebook, for verification, upon your death. Open Facebook in a web browser instead of using an IOS, Android or Windows Phone App, and follow the steps below. All of the mobile apps have slightly different User Interfaces and the instructions work best through a Web based portal.

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click the down arrow located at the top right of the blue bar.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the Security link in the left-hand column.
  5. Look for Legacy Contact and click the Edit link to the right.
  6. Type the name of the person you wish to designate as your legacy contact into the text box, then click Add.
  7. If you would rather have your account deleted upon your passing, check the box beside that option and answer any other questions.

All done. One less worry for your loved ones.