I like to think I’ve got a pretty good memory. I don’t really use a diary, but still manage to remember all my friends’ and family’s important dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries, and rarely miss an appointment.
One area where my memory lets me down, though, is with passwords. 10 years ago, all I needed to know was my PIN number for my bank card.
That’s it. Nothing else. I hardly used the internet, didn’t use telephone banking, so life was pretty easy.
Now we’re well and truly in the 21st century and you can hardly walk out of the front door without needing some sort of keycode, password or the answer to some other question to get information about yourself.
What was your first pet’s name? Where did you first go to school? What’s your mother-in-law’s budgie’s daughter’s name? Aaaaarrrgggghhhhh!
I have at least 4 credit cards, I use two different online banks, my computer at work requires 3 or 4 different passwords to access different things and then there’s the internet.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve rung up a company who asks me the answer to my ‘memorable question’ and I have to confess I don’t know.
And I think I’ve got a good memory? Even the Mastermind champion would struggle to keep up. Now then, where did I put my glasses…?