Scientists have shown that humans hardly ever lose memories. Memories are not lost, but simply are inaccessible. This is good news if you forgot your wallet passwords or passphrase since it implies your brain still holds the password even if you think you forgot it!
In this blog we will discuss how you can access these latent memories using Memory recovery & digital forensics.
If memories are not lost, why can I not remember my password or passphrase? The best way to understand the brain is through analogy with computers. When you delete a file on a hard drive or a USB stick, only the handle or address that points to the file in your memory is deleted. The file itself is still there. Using digital forensics software, deleted files can be easily recovered. Similar to how a deleted file only means the address is lost, a lost memory simply means you lost the right address(es) to access the memory.
This is however where the analogy between the brain and computers ends. Computers are only binary meaning there is often only a single address pointing to a file. In contrast, the human brains consist of a network of interlinked neurons. A memory therefore contains many contextual based links called associations. The more of theses associations link to a particular memory, the easier it will be to recall. This is why in education student use memory bridges to better recall facts. Finding the right combination of context or stimuli can help you to recovery memories that you though were lost. The same holds for your “lost” wallet password!
The following two techniques can enable you to recover your password:
- Memory recovery techniques
- Digital forensics
The combination of these two techniques is very powerful. Digital forensics helps you to identify the right stimuli or context to use with memory recovery techniques.
Memory recovery – hack your brain
Memory recovery works by recreating the situation or context in which a memory was created. In the case off password recovery this means you have go back to the person you were and the situation you were in at the time you created the password.
For example, if you created the password while being in a student room, go back to that room if possible or simply lay down on your bed relax and imagine you are in that same room. Look around and try to remember all the details of that room. How did the carpet smell, which books were in your cabinet, how was the view from the windows, what sounds did you hear, how did the whisky taste your were drinking at that time. The more of these stimuli you can recall or recreate, the bigger the chance you hit the right neural pathways to access your memory.
Also try to remember which people you met at that time, which places did you visit, which topics did you think and talk about at the time you created your wallet? Basically you are doing forensics on your past life, analyzing every fragment of you life of the time you created your wallets password. Doing this alone might be hard, so it might be good to talk with friends and family you knew around this time. Basically you have to become the you from around the time that you created your wallet and your password. Do not give up easily, it might take many tries to find the right state of mind to make these memory tricks work. For me the best time is while laying on the bed just before going to sleep, sometimes childhood memories come bay which I though were long lost.
Help, I tried all of the above and still have no idea what my password might be! Do not fear, you think you might not remember the password but you probably remember hints or fragments like names, movies, series, dates, numbers names from around that time that might be part of your password. Write down all these possible fragments, they will can help your recover your full password using our wallet password recovery service. Or if you prefer to attempt to recover you password on your own, check out the wallet password recovery software in the FAQ section.
But hold on, you only tried memory recovery techniques. Memory techniques however work best if you can recall as much as you can about your past life. And that is where (digital- )forensic, comes into play. Digital forensics is the art of analyzing your ‘digital memory’. Now a days, vast amounts of information about you are stored on every device as well as on the internet. Digital forensics allows you to create a timeline of files you created, movies you watched, programs you used, websites you visited contacts you emailed.
#This part of the blog will be written soon, hold on and be amazed.