Fingerprints, facial recognition and the future

Phones, tablets and computers – they are all password protected.

In a period where we have more power in our mobile phones than it took to fly to the moon, our smartphones and tablets have become increasingly important to us in our daily lives. They are a bank of information, memories, data and the resource most people use daily to manage not only our communications but our banking, our social media accounts and even the heating in our homes.

With so much information and access to our online activity held in our personal devices, it is understandable that we password protect these devices. With more phones moving towards fingerprint and facial recognition, in some cases, we no longer even insert the password that we set, but rather allow our devices to use these unique identifiers to gain access.

What would happen however if the unthinkable were to happen and your loved ones needed to access the information stored on your phone? Would they know the password to be able to access your key contacts, your banking information or even download the pictures you have saved?

Leaving details of key information and where appropriate, passwords is clearly more important than ever. As we manage so much of our lives online, whether it is our banking, our social media or our utility bills, leaving password information is clearly imperative in the era of technology we find ourselves in.

Whilst we should not provide our personal passwords to anyone, even those we trust such as family, partners or friends, details of where they can be found can be included within a Will for example, referring to a Letter of Wishes.

If you would like to discuss making a will and the information that can be included within this, please contact Laura Bywater on 0161 615 5554, by email to or via our live chat facility at