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When you die, what happens to your online accounts if your family can’t unlock your phone? [Ask ZDNet]


Welcome to another installment of Ask ZDNet. In the mailbag this week: How to get your digital affairs in order so your loved ones can access your online accounts after you pass away; how to keep a water-cooled PC running properly; and why running a Windows “debloater” might not be such a good idea.

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Ask away. What happens to your online accounts if you die and your next of kin can’t unlock your phone?

I’m worried that using two-factor authentication could cause real problems for the people you leave behind. What’s the solution?

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