Our mission is to encourage families to lead responsible lives by providing an accessible platform to both securely preserve and inherit important information which is too often lost over time and through passing.
We're working hard out of our San Francisco-based office to deliver the world the most wholesome and necessary service possible - first on iOS and Android, then on macOS and PC.
Safekeep the meaningful and sensitive information of your daily life that is too often lost over time and through passing.
Assign Guardians, trusted friends and family, to safeguard data that will only be inherited by them if something happens to you.
Don't let your ideas, wisdom, and login credentials vanish from conscience existence once you're gone
Leave video messages to your friends and family that will only be avaliable to them on special, pre-defined dates
Generate tailored Last Wills and Testaments right within Afterbox. There's no more excuses not to make one
Checking into a new app consistently is a hassle, we get it. Afterbox can stay locked if you frequent platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
College students with ambitious goals
Teaching himself how to program in elementary school, Zack has released 50+ projects over the past decade. Ranging from computer and mobile games to websites and utilities, always trying to one-up himself is an indisputable characteristic of this Afterbox co-founder. His 2014 mobile snow day predictor, Whiteout Watch, earned Zack the Student Technologist of the Year Award. Starting with Computer Security, Zack is now studying Business Administration at the Rochester Institute of Technology in hopes to couple his passion of software development with strategic business planning.
The idea for Afterbox came from the unexpected passing of his dear friend, Matthew, in late 2015.
Noah Chrysler is a third year New Media Marketing major in the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. With a background in online content marketing, communications, and online video, Noah provides a necessary perspective to the Afterbox team through his skillset which counters that of Zack's. Understanding what it takes to build successful brands, Noah assumes the role of the RIT Newsman to deliver news to his colleagues through humor and engagement.
No. Afterbox is an application which can be considered a digital safe. Users store data and media inside of it.
Afterbox has been built from the ground up with digital asset inheritance in mind. Features like Guardians, Future Messaging, and Will Creation simply do not exist in most traditional data storage services.
If it's digital it can go in your Afterbox: pictures, videos, audio files, documents, you name it.
Yes. Users can create groups and assign specific Guardians to them. The user has full control over which groups inherit which pieces of content found within their Afterbox. For example, you can make a "family" Guardian group and a "friend" Guardian group and ensure only your family inherits your passwords.
Both! Local storage is unlimited and free, and cloud storage will take on a freemium model. It's up to the user which means of storage they would like to use.
Absolutely. We cannot stress this enough. Afterbox will not be released to the public until the development team expands and we are confident in the security measures which have been taken. Further, we are looking into collaborating with existing services to handle certain pieces of data. For example, rather than Afterbox directly handling passwords, reputable password locker services may house this data for us.
Due to there not being a centralized and easily-accessible death registrar (one of our goals is to help build this!), there are several ways to trigger an Afterbox unlocking. If a user does not check in for a defined duration, if a user is (optionally) not active on social media, or if enough Guardians "raise concern" about the user within a time frame the Afterbox will unlock.
The application has several layers of fail-safes in order to prevent wrongful inheritance. Push notifications and email reminders are sent to users to confirm well-being as unlocking approaches. Further, Guardians must confirm whether or not something has happened to the particular user. As mentioned in the previous answer, a side goal of Afterbox is to help establish a registrar of sorts to determine well-being from obituary collections and legal documents.
When it's ready. Afterbox has a long and winding road ahead of itself, so we unfortunately cannot give a definitive answer. Even an estimation or rough time frame would hold the team accountable - which is a poor idea due to the complexity and ambitiousness the project entails.
Afterbox was initially prototyped in February 2016 and is currently in a post-prototype, small closed beta. It has gone through numerous visual and structural overhauls since its inception.
Soon! Keep an eye out.
No. However, wills and last testaments within Afterbox are so long as the user has followed the in-app instructions and meets specific requirements (state laws).
It's absolutely understandable that the idea of "extending life" via further communications will not be appealing to everyone, whether it be religiously or morally. Despite Afterbox trying to paint the service in an innocent, non-intimidating light, ethical concerns will exist when tackling such a sensitive - oftentimes taboo - subject.
While Afterbox is still growing and creating an identity for itself, it's difficult to give a definitive response at this time. However, for certain, the services Afterbox offer are being crafted with only the best intentions to alleviate some difficulties that arise post mortem (faced by the developers personally and others who have given voice to Afterbox). All features are optional, so users can perform actions they are comfortable with. For example, maybe one does not believe in the "Future Messaging" aspect of the application but sees value in convenient will and last testament creation. Similarly, perhaps one believes their passwords should never be inherited by anyone else, so the user decides they will use Afterbox solely to pass down wisdom to their grandchildren.