More than 95% population is covered in the database of UIDAI. The government also realizes how important this data is and is taking steps to ensure that the security of every Aadhaar card holder is maintained. Multi-level security controls have been applied to avert the disclosure of confidential information. It is, however, the responsibility of every citizen also to safeguard the Aadhaar card and protect themselves from fraud. But, very often ignorance about maintaining the safety of Aadhaar card can lead to falling in the trap of malicious activities by fraudsters. Many cases, where people have been duped of their money have come to light.
Secure Your Aadhaar Details
To use different types of services such as rent registration, bank accounts, loans, insurance companies, etc. usage of Aadhaar has been too often. However, you should know the places where there is a necessity to give your Aadhaar details. You shouldn’t produce your Aadhaar details to anyone and everyone. It is utmost important to know the reason why you have been asked to give your Aadhaar details. There are high chances of your Aadhaar number been misused. Remember also not to let anyone know the OTP that you receive on your registered mobile number for authentication.
Lock Biometric Details
Every individual’s Aadhaar card contains his/her biometric details, which are the individual’s photograph, retinal scan and fingerprints. Biometrics is used to link your bank accounts, mobile numbers, etc. With the introduction of AePS, that is Aadhaar enabled Payment system, the bank transactions are also now possible using Aadhaar, therefore, it becomes all the more important to see to it that the details are safe and cannot be misused. We need to ensure that our Aadhaar biometrics are locked. This can be done online by following these simple steps:
- Visit the official website of UIDAI: resident.uidai.net.in/biometric-lock.
- Enter your Aadhaar number and the security code.
- Now click ‘Send OTP’ and you will soon receive a code on your registered mobile number.
- Enter the code and click ‘Verify’.
- On the new page, click ‘Enable Biometric Locking’ and then click ‘Enable’. If you wish to unlock your biometrics, visit the website mentioned and click ‘Disable Biometric Locking’.
Mobile and Email Registration for OTP
The Aadhaar card authentication has made online transactions very easy. During this process, an OTP is sent to the registered mobile number which has to be entered to be eligible for the various services. Therefore, it becomes imperative to link your mobile number and your Aadhaar card. Once you receive the OTP remember not to ever share it with anyone under any circumstances. Many cases have been reported where fraudsters have called up people asking for the OTP received and then used them for hoax activities. To reduce such practices another feature has been introduced which is the TOTP (Time-based OTP). By using this feature you can generate this code in your mobile Aadhaar app for the process of authentication.
To verify your mobile number registered with the Aadhaar card, you need to visit the official website of UIDAI. There will be an option of “Verify Email/Mobile number”. When you click it you will be redirected to a page where you need to fill in your details including the security code and then click “Get OTP”. You will soon receive the code which is to be entered in the OTP field, thereafter click ‘Verify OTP’. If the verification is complete you will be taken to a page that would say, “Congratulations”.
In case you lose/stop using the mobile number that is registered with your Aadhaar, you must update your mobile number at the earliest. If you are linking your mobile for the first time or have to correct the number that is registered with the UIDAI, you would have to visit your nearest Aadhaar centre and fill in the Update/Correction form or download the same from the website. The form is to be submitted to the designated official. Once the verification is done it would take 7-10 days for the updation to be complete.
Aadhaar Virtual ID
The visual ID, which is a temporary code of 16 digits, is a substitute for your Aadhaar number. The Aadhaar Virtual ID adds an extra layer of security to your Aadhaar details. It can be used for Aadhaar authentications and also for your e-KYC at government and private agencies. A virtual ID can be generated and share it with the agency. Once verified, the new virtual ID can be generated the next day, making it almost impossible for anyone to find out your details.