Hey Everfans, be sure to stop by the Everplans booth at the New York Tech Day expo in New York tomorrow. We'll be at our booth in full regalia offering demos, discounts, and pens. Lots of pens. Hope to see you tomorrow, April 24th at Pier 92 in NYC. It is a free event and Everplans will be among hundreds of other (less cool) startups from the New York area. Register to attend here!

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You've probably heard by now about a major Internet security flaw that has the potential to affect virtually every site on the Internet.  

The nature of the flaw was such that some data that was sent encrypted from you to a website could be read by an attacker. Note that this doesn't mean that it did happen, only that it was a risk. 

Monday when the problem was first announced, sites that send encrypted data (including Everplans) have been working to eliminate this vulnerability.  

Security is at the core of what we do here at Everplans and the team has been working around the clock to make sure we are not vulnerable.  

For any site addressing this problem there is a 3-step process:

  • First, update the vulnerable software on all affected servers
  • Second, replace the secret keys used to encrypt secure web traffic
  • And the final step is up to you: For your security, you should consider changing your website passwords. Everplans has completed the first two steps and is recommending that members change their Everplans password. 

How To Change Your Password

1. Click This Link.

2. You will be asked to sign into your account.

3. After signing in you'll be on your "Account" page.  Select "User Info" on the left side of the page.

4. Follow the instructions on this page to change your password.

Please Note: This is a precaution. We have no reason to believe any Everplans accounts were compromised.

And, because this was a flaw that affected most all sites on the Internet, it would be a good idea to take this moment to change your passwords across the board for any other sites you use that may contain sensitive information. 

If you'd like to learn more about this flaw (called, poetically, Heartbleed), you can read these articles:

New York Times Coverage

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send us a note at contactus@everplans.com


Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer
(Co-Founders, Everplans.com)

Everplans has qualified as "news that's fit to print." 

The paper of record ran the most flattering story about us on their site, which also appeared in the Saturday March 29th edition of the paper. The New York Times article titled "Navigating the Logistics of Death Ahead of Time" tells the story of our Co-Founders Abby and Adam and their personal mission to make sure everyone can get an Everplan in place. It nails the essence of what we're starting to accomplish and we're so happy they're helping spread the word. Plus they created a really cool cartoon to go along with the story.

While we encourage everyone to read the story, here's an excerpt that made us especially proud:

Everplans The site, which is easy to use, is surely one of the most comprehensive. [Everplans ed. note: In comparison to other sites that cover the same space.] When you set up an account, you start by taking a short assessment to see how much planning you’ve already done, and why you’re there. Recently have a child? Caring for an aging parent? Based on that information, the service creates a to-do checklist, and tells you how to prioritize. It might suggest filling out vital personal information first, then creating a will and naming a health care power of attorney. (The site links to the relevant medical forms in each state.)

While we'd love to run the whole article we'll control ourselves and quit tootin' our own horn. Plus, we've got to get back to work and make sure our platform, content and resources are in tip-top shape to take the mystery, confusion and frustration out of planning so you can actually get it done.

Via The New York Times

We came across this clever alteration of a Game of Thrones' billboard in a New York City subway station. Rather than walking by the original billboard and going "GAAAH!" commuters will be going "AWWWW!" Season four of the ultra-violent and highly addictive show premieres on HBO in April, promising lots of action, deception and death, as evidenced by the non-altered "All Men Must Die" ad campaign:

It's amazing how a few pieces of paper can transform something so scary into something so hopeful. Fear not, die hard GoT fans, we're sure this will have no effect on the upcoming season.

Source: Michael Clayton, Warner Home Video

While promoting her new vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive actress Tilda Swinton told The New York Posts' PageSix.com that she's not afraid of death:

“I think in a funny way we all do live forever. There aren’t that many people who aren’t spoken about after they die . . . I think immortality is probably overrated. I am all for the adventure. It’s coming and I’m not frightened.”

Swinton is known for playing fearless characters and it has apparently carried over into her real life. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Michael Clayton and is probably best known as The White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Source: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Perhaps playing a vampire made her realize that immortality would get boring. While many might not share Swinton's views on death, we certainly understand vampire fatigue. Between True Blood, Twilight, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, more Twilight, Dark Shadows, even more Twilight we're all vampire-d out.

Via New York Post

It’s bad enough when hackers steal credit card information from shopping sites, but now they’re targeting grieving friends and families, according to a news report from WTSP.com (@WTSP10News).

This faux email, which they claim has been sent to possibly millions of random innocent people, invites them to a “celebration of your friends life.” The really devious part is that it’s sent from a legitimate funeral home and the way it tries to get you to click on the link:

“Please find invitation and more detailed information about the farewell ceremony here.”

If you click on the the word “here” your computer will most likely be infected with a virus.

These phishing scams are meant to be clever and look real. This is no exception, especially since they’re using a real Texas funeral home, which has smartly posted a notice on their website to alert everyone of the scam.

I’m not surprised hackers would exploit death for their own purposes. But it’s upsetting they’re targeting the grieving as well as an industry many already judge negatively based on speculation. At least we can take heart in the fact that this isn’t a funeral industry scandal, but yet another thing to be aware of in the digital world.

My Brilliant Guru Advice: BE CAREFUL and don’t open sketchy emails!

Via WTSP.com

If you’re a proponent for ending your life in the event of a terminal illness, the Breaking Bad state has some good news.

A New Mexico judge said terminally ill, mentally competent patients can choose to have a doctor end their life, according to CNN. Stemming from a lawsuit filed on behalf of a terminally ill cancer patient by the ACLU and Compassion & Choices, the judge had to consider if doctors could precribe a fatal dose of drugs if a patient wanted it. Here's an excerpt of Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash's response:

This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying. If decisions made in the shadow of one's imminent death regarding how they and their loved ones will face that death are not fundamental and at the core of these constitutional guarantees, than what decisions are?

Source: Flickr/Gerald Pereira

When I tell people that I worked in the funeral industry, I’m always asked if it’s as sketchy as they think. Then they’ll tell me about an article they read where a consumer was ripped off, or a news blurb they watched about a body being buried in the wrong grave. It’s almost always anecdotal, but the stories pile up.

Although there were major funeral industry issues in the past, since 1984 the Federal Trade Commission has regulated it to curb many horrible practices.  But since employees performing their job properly isn’t interesting, the public only sees the negative scandalous stuff. Thus, people believe the funeral industry, which is already mysterious to begin with, is full of scandal.

The popular financial site LearnVest has jumped on the Death Over Dinner train with this recent article "Death Dinners: Why Dying Is a Supper Topic Du Jour":

For many people these days, one effective way to share their very personal end-of-life decisions and desires with friends and family is to host “death dinners.” The hope is that gathering over a meal will make discussing the topic of dying a little more palatable, while also sparing loved ones from fighting over financial and medical issues down the road.

We stealthily Photoshopped Abby in since she took the picture. Can you tell?

Our mission here at Everplans is to help people—from Millennials to Baby Boomers to the aging—better understand that they don’t have to spend a lot of money, time, or effort to get basic plans in place to protect their families and we're so happy to annouce some new hires to achieve our goals.

Editorial Director Gene Newman (former Editor-in-Chief of Maxim.com) and Chief Technology Officer Warren Habib (formerly of MTV Networks, Fotolog, and AddThis) have joined our team and will help us live up to our mantra: Everyone needs an exit strategy for life. They approach this world from an entirely new perspective and we can't wait to reveal our new offerings in the near future.

We're also excited to annouce we've added valuable expertise from the death care and financial services industries. Elizabeth Meyer, who spent the past four years serving as a Family Services Liaison at New York’s Frank E. Campbell funeral home and Riverside Memorial Chapel, is our resident funeral planning expert. Former SVP at Merrill Lynch Michael Herman is our Director of Business Development and will be creating channel partnerships.

Welcome to the team everyone!

Read the full announcement in our press release section.