Protect yourself! Know how to lock Aadhaar biometric data - it takes just a minute

Aadhaar card holders can lock their biometric data to protect themselves from cybercriminals very easily. Know how to lock your Aadhaar biometrics on the UIDAI website - it takes just a minute.

| Updated on: Oct 15 2023, 23:58 IST
5 crucial tips on healthcare cyber threats that you must adopt
1/6 With the healthcare sector moving apace with digital advancements, the risk of cyber attacks and hacking is also increasing daily. In the past, various harrowing cases have been reported. Notably, the escalating cyber threats in the healthcare sector account for 13% of ransomware cases at Arete. In light of this, here are five precautions that every company should take to avoid cyber threats.  (Pixabay)
2/6 Ransomware threats: It is the most common type of threat as it leverages encryption to encrypt data, making it inaccessible to the owners. To prevent such things from happening, organizations must utilise security testing tools to minimize attacks and store the data on different devices.  (Pixabay)
3/6 Phishing threats: these are sudden threats where hackers get sensitive information such as user login details, financial information, patient addresses and more. To avoid such risks utilize end-user education and password management tools to eliminate risks. (AFP/Shutterstock)
4/6 Insider threats: Sometimes the employees can also be a threat when it comes to security. Therefore, it is crucial for healthcare service providers to have continuous user activity monitoring and background checks at every possible checkpoint.
5/6 Medical device hacking: This threat occurs when tricksters get unauthorized access to medical instruments. This is a very risky and harmful threat which can also cause deaths. To avoid such threats, use strong passwords, update firmware regularly, and monitor network traffic for any unusual activity. (Pexels)
6/6 Unsecured IoT Devices: Not properly configured IoT devices are easy targets for hackers. To avoid any mishappenings, perform routine security audits, update firmware, and limit access to authorised users. (Pexels)
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Cybercriminals are exploiting Aadhaar biometrics to carry out nefarious activities. Protect yourself by locking your biometric data. (Bloomberg)

Aadhaar biometric locking: Various Aadhaar card scam allegations have recently surfaced where threat actors have reportedly looked to exploit the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) to clone the victim's biometrics and siphon money from their bank accounts. In other cases, victims have received fraudulent links that they've mistakenly clicked on, giving hackers access to their Aadhaar information. In light of such cases, it is crucial to keep your Aadhaar secure and away from the prying eyes of hackers and other cybercriminals.

What is Aadhaar?

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues the Aadhaar card, a 12-digit individual identification number to its citizens. It is an essential document that can be used for identification purposes while applying for various documents like driving licenses, passports, voter IDs, and more as well as to avail of certain government schemes. However, in order to avail of these schemes and services, the public has to keep their Aadhaar data updated with the latest personal details so that there is no inconvenience in data verification. Thus, keeping Aadhaar safe becomes crucial and it can be done via biometric locking.

Aadhaar biometric locking

To prevent any unauthorized access to Aadhaar, citizens can utilize the biometric locking facility which allows the Aadhaar holder to lock and temporarily unlock their biometric data. All Aadhaar holders with a registered mobile number can use the biometric locking facility. It includes fingerprint, iris and face data. When biometrics are locked, others will not be able to authenticate the same by using their biometric data, and attempting to do so will present a “330” error code.

How to lock biometric data using the UIDAI website

Step 1: Go to the official UIDAI website or click here.

Step 2: Once the homepage appears, go to the My Aadhaar section.

Step 3: Next, Under the Aadhaar Services section, you'll find a ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics' option. Check the box.

Step 4: Now, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number, fill in the captcha verification and select the ‘Send OTP' option.

Step 5: You should receive an OTP on the registered number. Type it in and log in to your Aadhaar account.

Step 6: Next, click on the Lock/Biometrics option and confirm. Your biometric data should now be locked.

How to unlock biometric data

You can temporarily unlock your biometric data by following the same steps mentioned above. You will again receive an OTP. Fill it in and uncheck the Lock/Unlock Biometrics option. Your biometric data will now be temporarily unlocked and it can be used for authentication.

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First Published Date: 15 Oct, 23:57 IST