I'm fifteen and talking online with various strangers from all over the world, as one did at the time, and one night at 3am one of my closest friends calls me as a joke. It was an older man from a different country. My mom answers, freaks out, and wakes up my dad who comes into my room and drags me away from the computer and asks who the hell is calling for me at this hour. I tell my dad it's a friend. He asks me who. I tell him his internet handle and my dad calms down, tells my mom it's okay, and sends me to bed. What I put together later and through similar experiences was that my dad had already vetted the guy. He knew everything I was doing and saying to people. Everything. It took me a long time to understand he was a nervous, technically-minded parent navigating a new aspect of parenting in the early 2000s. But the feeling of paranoia and violation lingered.
The second experience was being an insecure teenager and accessing people's emails and msn conversations. The things I learned were things I didn't want to learn, and weren't fair for me to know, and they just made me feel bad, untrusting, and slimy. But I'm grateful to have learned that early in life. I don't care about other people's emails or texts. I have zero interest or inkling to go through anyone's phone or data out of a basic level of understanding and respect for privacy.
I don’t think I’d care if someone close to me goes through my stuff if i die. And I don’t think my parents or brother would care if I go through their stuff if they pass away before they can set up how to deal with their digital stuff.
The only ramification I can think of would be my father being sad at seeing some of my behavior which he would view as immoral because of his conservatism.
Though on the other hand. I stumbled across two secrets of a close relative because of some physical disks being left behind when they went off somewhere. I’ve never brought it up to anyone. I do wish I never knew them. And I do believe many people would negatively judge what was seen. That would be unfortunate.
I guess I don’t think being so black and white with privacy like HN usually is, is so obvious. Like how I don’t value my privacy if I die that much.
Do you care that those you communicated with might care? It's probably not going to be just about you and your family.
She and my grandfather had started a photography business before the days of color photography.
They had their own darkroom and were early adopters of motion-picture cameras.
My grandfather had passed many years beforehand.
Anyway, I found some 8mm film of her and my grandfather when they were first married, somewhat similar to what a couple on Snapchat would record.
I did not share this with my parents.
I bought a used NAS at a garage sale. The woman said it was her husband's, who had passed away a couple months ago.
I took it home and fired it up. It didn't have a password on it or anything. So I went looking through photos of the backyard, birdfeeders, and thought "wow it's so sad this stuff was just given away". I felt bad for the family who might be missing all his photos.
Then after a few more minutes it got way darker. The NAS had what looked like child porn on it. Some candid videos of a teenage girl adjusting her bra when she thinks nobody's looking, some more hardcore porn with someone who either was or at least tried really hard to look underaged.
So now here I was, in possession of child pornography (maybe?), on a drive from a garage sale, belonging to a dead man. That is a fucking dilemma. A million scenarios ran through my head. Was this was some sort of set-up? Would I face criminal charges for possessing this?
I took it to the police, they eventually reviewed it and told me there was nothing illegal on it. They asked me if I wanted it back, I told them to dispose of it.
He is, in preparation, currently organizing a packet of information and passwords (Keepass) which I need if the worst thing would happen. The rest I will respectfully erase. And I hope my relatives will do the same for me.
I would never treat my phone as my only copy of my data. I don't consider phone storage to be permanent OR a backup.
If you're into preserving your memories that are locked into your online services and apps like Google Photos, Facebook, Twitter, etc, I've started a project called Timeliner which downloads your data to your own home computers: https://github.com/mholt/timeliner - I run it on a cron every week.
The only things on my phone that I don't regularly back up are text conversations. I've seen tools that forward all your texts to a gmail account, but I'm not really looking to give all that data to Google assuming they aren't already reading them off my device.
It's pretty good overall, though emojis can cause issues. They offer 2 settings on how to handle them.
As for text messages: that's on my list, but I'd have to learn how to write a mobile app first. If anyone is serious about contributing that, let's chat in the issues about an app design.
But what you can do is download every single comment on reddit, then search through that to find yours. See https://www.reddit.com/r/pushshift/
If you want to directly backup files from your phone to your home computer or NAS, https://syncthing.net/ and https://www.resilio.com/individuals-sync/ have android, iOS, desktop, and NAS support. It's what I've been recommending to PhotoStructure's beta users, and both seem to work well.
On iOS I've only used Resilio Sync, fwiw.
I agree with your definition of hacking but the explicit goal was to get into their mother's phone, which they didn't. Ultimately they achieved their goal, yes, but via a different method than the one they originally attempted.
No one else, not even Apple, can access end-to-end encrypted information 
Worse, there would be those that would do that same thing with plenty of intent to cause harm, especially to the groups they are prejudiced against.
It's the problems from the "right to be forgotten", but taken to the next level.
That's an easy one. Pretty much anyone of notice living today will be labeled a "savage meat eater" and canceled. They will say "many people were already vegan, why was he/she still eating meat? Clearly a monster. Cancel"
I found a lot of open questions I'll never get an answer for. Ultimately, this made me a more open and honest person towards my siblings. They should never find something "surprisingly" in my digital or analog records. It also changed a bit how a communicate online. I never write something I wouldn't say anybody face to face.
However, one surprise was the VAST quantity of photos of women's feet.
Word document with instructions on how to backup, what to do if the computer crashes, how to handle 1Password, what subscriptions are important ect. It'll be printed out and put in the safe.
My opinion is modern generations are woefully unprepared for how to handle our digital stuff when we pass. Whereas before we had physical photos, video cassettes, ect. that were easily handled, now everything is digital, sometimes just on phones.
I've got boxes of photos from my Mom and Dad and Grandparents. For the most part, they don't have dates or captions. If I don't recognize a face, it's just random imagery that are, for the most part, just noise to my generation. If we knew why something was relevant, that'd be a different story.
If you can record your voice and retell the story behind an image, that could be golden to the people in your life. I only captured a couple of these recordings (just using my cell phone to record), and they're wonderful to listen to.
In the 90s the stories themselves were interesting but now just having his thoughts in his voice is invaluable. I'd be equally happy with a recording of him describing his weekly coffee with his buddies, or what he had for lunch.
My parents picked up a couple of recordable storybooks for my 2 year old nephew. Right now those mean nothing to him but in 30 years they will be priceless.
My other grand dad wrote a long letter just two days before he died. His whole life he was haunted by what he saw and did as a German soldier during WWII, and this is also what he wrote about in that letter which I later translated and published on my website http://paradies.jeena.net/artikel/zweiter-weltkrieg (in German) (need to fix the char set there too).
All I can recommend is that if one has previously unexplained constipation, thinning stools and/or blood in the stool, get checked right away and insist on a referral for a colonoscopy. My doctor initially thought it was constipation or IBS and it was two months before a referral to gastro.
In 5-10 years I think medicine will start to recommend a colonoscopy at age 30.
Probably exists, and I haven't tried too hard to find it.
You set an account heir in the profile. They submit an access request after death, which the deceased has X amount of time to reject (in case of abuse/heir being hacked). If the request isn't denied, the heir gains full access to the account, including logins and passwords for all online accounts.
If you choose someone you trust and set the window to an appropriate period for rejecting false requests, i.e. not 3 days when I know I'll be off the grid for 2 weeks, it seems very secure.
I set it up a few years ago and get periodic reminders saying that it's setup. Lastpass offers something similar.
(Assuming you live in a jurisdiction that recognises them) a holographic will is going to cost you nothing more than the time involve to write it out, assuming you have a piece of paper and a pen handy. You probably won't even need to have it witnessed.
Or you go missing entirely (lost at sea)?
But for dead Mom? That's just plain creepy. Those kids might have learned all sorts of things that, in retrospect, they would have wished they hadn't. As in, for example, who their real Dad was.
Me, all of my machines and backups are full-disk encrypted (LUKS). With >64 character passphrases. So my memories will die with me. Except for those that I share online, anyway. And I do plan, as I get older, to share more freely. Given that there'll be less time to find me.
Nothing to be proud of.
NIST recommends against it because it's so easy to hijack.