Deathswitch.com: This site sends periodic messages to account holders. If they don't respond, it assumes they've died (or gone into a coma) and sends an E-mail to a beneficiary. Users can put account numbers, passwords, document locations, love notes, or "unspeakable secrets" into the E-mail. A free account allows one note to one beneficiary. For $20 a year, Deathswitch will send as many as 30 E-mails to as many as 10 recipients each. Notes from the premium account can include attachments, such as copies of documents, photos, or videos. Users can set how frequently they want Deathswitch to confirm they're alive and how long the service should wait before contacting beneficiaries.
SlightlyMorbid.com: A trusted friend or loved one is the key to this service, which depends on a third party to notify it when an account holder has died. At its most basic level, the service will send an E-mail to 10 friends and can be notified by one "trusted contact." The premium service allows any of 10 trusted contacts to set notifications into motion and will send messages to 50 friends. SlightlyMorbid isn't all about death, though. (In fact, there are plans to change the name to DesignatedContact.com.) Users can set up messages to be sent in the case of accident, absence, or disaster—say, having to scat for a hurricane but wanting to let everyone quickly know you're OK. The service sets itself up like getting a will written. It charges a one-time fee that allows changes to friends and trusted contacts lists for three years. After that, changes cost another one-time fee. The fees range from $9 for a basic account to $50 for the premium account.