How to Give Emergency Access of Your Online Accounts to Your Friends?
In this digital era, what can’t a person find online, so when such information gets compromised you need to deactivate or delete the account. But there also comes a time when your account gets blocked because you forget the password. One thing you should consider is setting up a way for others to access your accounts in case of an emergency. Then, you might need to give emergency access of your online accounts to your friends. I know we preach security a lot, so it seems counterintuitive to let someone else have a backup copy of the keys to your digital kingdom.
While you could easily give a friend your username and passwords—and means for getting past the two-factor authentication you’ve set up everywhere. Some services come with a built-in way to use someone else’s account as an account recovery tool. Here’s a quick look at some of the more popular social media that offer this feature and the ways to set it up.
This social service has offered a “Trusted Contact” feature for years now. Pick one (or a few) friends or family members who would never be tempted to log in as you and root through your digital life, and they’ll be able to help you regain access to your account should you ever find yourself locked out. When you use the feature, they’ll receive a special code that they’ll then need to give to you. Input the code, get back into your account, change your passwords. And add some extra authentication security, and you’ll be set.
Things are a little bit different here on Google. There’s no way to set up another person as an official “backup contact,”. But you could always set up a trusted friend’s phone number or email as your account recovery information. In case you don’t have any backup you can to use.
There is also another option where you could also consider setting up a friend as an “inactive account manager.” If you don’t log into your account for a particular period of time—3 months, 6 months, 12 months, or 18 months (you can choose the time limit)—then you can have Google automatically notify up to 10 people about your account’s inactivity. You can also choose to share any of your Google data with them at that point. And even request that Google automatically delete your account three months after it officially reaches inactive status.
Apple takes all the security and privacy way too seriously so to date there hasn’t been any “account recovery” option here. So, your best best is manually give trusted contact access to your Apple devices. And add one of their fingerprints to Touch ID or their face as an alternate appearance for your devices. Give them your Mac password, only to be used in case of an emergency. Or even your Apple ID password if you’re feeling especially trustworthy. And they should also pass any verification checks Apple sends out if they try to sign in from an unrecognized device.
The thing with Twitter is a little bit tricky. If someone close to you has an issue that prevents them from being able to access their Twitter account. For example incapacitation or death—you’ll need Power of Attorney (or a death certificate) to remove the account. You won’t be able to access it, as Twitter notes: “We are unable to provide account access to anyone regardless of their relationship to the deceased. Read more information about media on Twitter concerning a deceased family member.”
And this is how you can give emergency access of your online accounts of some of the popular sites to your friends.
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