Do you have a secure Aadhaar card? Stop it from being misused; Here is how

Aadhaar card holders can follow the tips revealed by UIDAI in order to prevent misuse of Aadhaar card. Check what UIDAI has suggested.

| Updated on: Jun 10 2022, 19:39 IST
Here is how you can prevent your Aadhaar card from getting misused. (Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)
Here is how you can prevent your Aadhaar card from getting misused. (Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)

Aadhaar card is one of the most important documents that you need to have in order to prove your identity and get official work done. An Aadhaar card comprises the 12-digit random number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to the residents of India after satisfying the verification process laid down by the Authority. It also contains some important details related to the Aadhaar card holder like name, date of birth, address, mobile number, among others. As your Aadhaar card contains these crucial details it is very important for you to keep your Aadhaar secured.

It can be noted that the data of all Aadhaar holders is safe and secure in the UIDAI's Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR). However, your Aadhaar can be misused if you do not take proper care of it. UIDAI keeps on informing people about the ways using which they can secure their Aadhaar card. Here are some of the ways you can follow to secure your Aadhaar card. Also Read: Hackers found a SECRET trick to access your iPhone even when switched off!

1. Not all 12 digit numbers are Aadhaar

UIDAI in a tweet said that not all 12 digit numbers are Aadhaar and recommended that the Aadhaar should be verified before accepting it as an identity proof. "#BewareOfFraudsters All 12-digit numbers are not #Aadhaar. It is recommended that the Aadhaar should be verified before accepting it as identity proof. Click: and verify it online in 2 simple steps," it tweeted.

2. Never share your OTP

UIDAI has asked Aadhaar card holders to never share their OTP if they want to keep their Aadhaar credentials safe and private, and if they don't want their Aadhaar authentication process disrupted. “Aadhaar OTP is a convenient and powerful tool to use Aadhaar #authentication from anywhere. Use it yourself. Never share it with anyone else for use on your behalf," it tweeted.

3. Do not download your Aadhaar using a public computer

Using a public computer to download Aadhaar and then forgetting it to delete it from there can land you in trouble as your Aadhaar credentials can be exploited. UIDAI tweeted, “Download your #Aadhaar only from the official UIDAI portal: If you have used a public computer to download, don't forget to delete the downloaded file."

4. Keep checking Aadhaar authentication history

It is important to keep checking the Aadhaar authentication history on a regular basis as doing so you can be assured that your Aadhaar has not been misused. UIDAI tweeted, “You can check the #Aadhaar Authentication #History of up to 50 authentications in the past 6 months. The exact date and time of Authentication are mentioned in the results, which can help you notice if there's an unintended authentication entry."

5. Lock your Aadhaar biometrics

You can lock your Aadhaar biometrics in order to prevent any unauthorised access. One can lock Aadhaar biometrics through UIDAI portal or mAadhaar app. UIDAI tweeted, “Lock your #Aadhaar biometrics to prevent any possible misuse by anyone. To lock/unlock your #Aadhaar, use #mAadhaar App or click on the link: Please note that your #VID is mandatory for this service."

6. Always use a masked Aadhaar

If you do not want to disclose your Aadhaar number then you can use masked Aadhaar or VID. UIDAI tweeted, "If you don't want to disclose your #Aadhaar number, then you can use VID or Masked Aadhaar, it is valid and accepted widely."

7. Keep your mobile number updated in Aadhaar

You should always keep your mobile number updated on Aadhaar, so that when you generate an OTP, it is messaged to the right person.

UIDAY tweeted, “Always keep your mobile number updated in #Aadhaar. If you have any doubt about whether your correct mobile number or email has been linked with Aadhaar, you can verify the same using this link:"

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First Published Date: 10 Jun, 19:39 IST