Britons struggle to remember passwordsOverloaded Brits can't remember passwords and pins

09 February 2009

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Britons have so many passwords and PIN numbers to remember that many are now suffering from a condition, which a computer expert has dubbed Logjamnesia.

Logjamnesia (log jam nee zia) is defined as ‘the partial or total inability to recall computer and internet passwords and PINs due to memory overload. So-called ‘symptoms’ include failing to remember security passwords and credit and debit card  PINs.

Michael Hawthornthwaite, MD of software developer Acid Computer Services, believes the condition is being exacerbated by recent introductions of numbers and symbols into internet related passwords. ‘Millions of people are suffering from Logjamnesia as online shopping, banking and social networking continues to grow,’ he says.

You’ll find tips and advice for creating and remembering passwords in our advice section

‘For added security we are now also expected to remember numbers and symbols and it seems the effect this is having on the brain is causing a total memory loss of all our ID passwords.’

Eight times World Memory Champion, Dominic O’Brien has three top tips to improve your memory.

Password help

1. Association
To remember a 4 digit PIN think of a memorable sentence. Try using your name. “My name is Dominic.” The number of letters in each word codes the number, 2 4 2 7.

2. Mental Pictures
Turn numbers into pictures using their shapes. 2 looks like a swan, 4 a sailboat, 1 a candle, and 7 a boomerang. Now make up a story to link the numbers together.

3. The Journey Method
To remember a list of information choose a familiar route or journey. To remember all the British Prime Ministers picture Gordon Brown at your front door, Tony Blair in the hall, John Major up the staircase, and so on.

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