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I mean, having all your stuff encrypted with highly sophisticated encryption algorithms and passwords. Having your backups secure and encrypted in multiple locations ready for recovery and keeping your logins secured with a pin protected private key on a smartcard is all nice, but have you considered what happens when you get hit by a bus and lose your memory? You won't be able to access anything. No accounts, not pictures, no memories of what you spend so much time on. Mhm…

Get a backup for your master passwords that is secured by other people than you. Yes, technically it opens a whole new attack vector due to trusting this other person/organisation, but if something really happens to you, you might be able to get your life back.

@sheogorath I have the most important things (secret keys, passwords for keys) backed up on pieces of paper in folders that are stored in various locations :blobcatokhand:

@sheogorath same goes for inheritance. How can I leave digital things that I own to my family after I die?

@claudius if it's still an open question on your side, or anyone coming across this post, I can recommend to look into Bitwarden's feature for that, as it allows to delegate access to other people in case of a problem. But with a required delay and a notification to you.

bitwarden.com/help/article/eme

@sheogorath bitwarden has been on my radar for a while now. I was also toying with bitwarden_rs/vaultwarden, but the latter lacks this functionality.

@sheogorath On second thought, if I really lose all of my memory some day, I wouldn't really care about what I did before the event. "I" am nothing more than my memories, and if I can't even remember anything, then I am basically a new person. My personalities may change, my hobbies may change, and I might not even be able to speak the same languages as I can right now. By that point, I wouldn't really want my life to be shaped by a past that's not really lived by "me".

@sheogorath And remember, this can be as simple as a handwritten note within a sealed envelope within a sealed envelope stored in a cupboard in your own house. (Sealing is important to make sure you can trivially inspect whether the master password may have been compromised (be it by the trusted party or somebody else), while double envelope is an easy way to make it a bit harder to simply use a strong light behind the envelope to read your note.)

@sheogorath Hm, come to think of it, that doesn't work if the house burns down and you're injured in the fire. Then all that work with distributed backups will be rather bitter, so some sort of off-site copy of the master password probably is good to organize as well.

@sheogorath Yes, my own system is a sealed, written note intended for my SO which I have told where is located. So, I don't have a failsafe for the case where I lose my memory and my housing at the same time. That's a pretty nasty scenario, but I guess that's a reason to make sure it doesn't get nastier...

@sheogorath When I got together with my partner, we came up with a 'In case we're hit by a bus' scenario. Passwords are mostly in 1password, which is in a shared vault between the two of us. Things that are not there (or things like, you know, the 1password master password, as well as a copy of said database) is in the family safe (written down vault password, thumb drive containing a copy of the vault we update once a year or so).

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