Inheriti Deep-Dive Series // 003 : Why Traditional Inheritance Plans Don’t Work for Digital Assets

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Looking for Solutions In All the Wrong Places

Research recently conducted by The Cremation Institute in 2020 reveals that a massive 89% of cryptocurrency investors worry about what will happen to their assets after they die.

Graphic showing the range of traditional digital inheritance methods used by cryptocurrency investors, according to The Cremation Institute (2020).
Traditional Digital Inheritance Methods Used By Cryptocurrency Investors (The Cremation Institute, 2020)

#1 — In the Household: Go Old School and Make Paper Copies (65%)

Many long-time crypto holders have opted for this method — making copies of your seed phrases and then hiding them in one (or more) locations around the house.

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#2 — Store Your Private Data on a Phone, Computer or USB (32%)

Another common method of storing your seed phrases might be to take photos or store them in a document on your hard drive.

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Phones, computers, laptops and USB keys are all common items that thieves look to steal.

#3 — Safety Deposit Box Or Other Custodial Method (2%)

Many banks offer a range of custodial services — including safety deposit boxes — that are designed to hold their clients’ valuable assets ‘for safekeeping’ in order to minimize the risk of theft or loss.

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Safety deposit boxes are only as safe as the people that help manage and secure them.

#4 — Other : Use A Commercially Available Centralized Digital Inheritance Platform (1%)

There are already several commercially available digital inheritance and private key backup solutions on the market today. Whilst they will all claim to guarantee the safety and security of your private data, they all store your data on their servers and back-end repositories. Even worse, on titanium tablets or similar devices without any form of encryption.

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Inheriti — All the Security and Protection You Need

As you’ve seen … there are a wide range of traditional inheritance solutions available, but they all have significant flaws.

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