Government warning about sharing your Aadhaar Card

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Government warning about sharing your Aadhaar Card

9 important measures while sharing your Aadhaar Card

The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI—the statutory authority set up by the Government of India under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016—recently said that Aadhaar holders are advised to exercise common discretion in using and sharing their Aadhaar numbers.

According to UIDAI, the Aadhaar system is built on a sound strategy and a strong technological backbone and has evolved into a critical digital identity infrastructure. Here are some basic, but critical, security precautions that UIDAI urges Aadhaar cardholders to take when using and sharing your Aadhaar number. Technical Dost will inform you how about 9 Important measures while sharing your Aadhaar Card.

1. Download your Aadhaar Card from the official UIDAI website only.

Make sure you download your Aadhaar card only from the official UIDAI portal-

2. Avoid downloading your Aadhaar card on public computers or laptops.

Avoid using a public PC/laptop in an Internet cafe/kiosk to download an e-Aadhaar. However, if you do so, it is highly recommended that you delete all the downloaded copies of e-Aadhaar.

3. Secure your data by locking and unlocking your Aadhaar online.

UIDAI allows Aadhaar card holders to lock their Aadhaar biometrics to prevent any possible misuse by anyone.  And, to lock/unlock your Aadhaar, use the mAadhaar app or click on the link: In that case, please note that your VID or Virtual ID is mandatory for this service. Thus, a VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number that is mapped to an Aadhaar number.

4. Examine Your Aadhaar Authentication History on a Regular Basis

It is advisable to regularly check your Aadhaar authentication history. As well as You can check the Aadhaar authentication history of 50 authentications in the last 6 months. After all, the exact date and time of authentication are mentioned in the results, which can help you to notice if there is an unexpected authentication entry. And, this will help you keep a watchful eye on any authentication you haven’t done. If you find anything suspicious, for instance, report it to 1947 or [email protected]

5. Set a password for your m-Aadhaar app

Passwords provide the first line of protection against any unauthorized access to your personal information. Not to mention, it is advisable to set a 4-digit password for your m-Aadhaar app.

6. Use VID or Masked Aadhaar

Not a security tip, but a suggestion to Aadhaar card holders concerned about security: as UIDAI says if you don’t want to disclose your Aadhaar number, then you can use VID or masked Aadhaar. Likewise, it is valid and comprehensive and is solemnly accepted. And to get VID/masked Aadhaar, download Aadhaar from here:

7. Verify the Aadhaar shared with you

Aadhaar is verifiable both online and offline. Scan the QR code on your e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar letter, or Aadhaar PVC card to verify offline. To verify online, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar at the link:

8. Update your mobile number in Aadhaar

Check that your Aadhaar card’s cellphone number is up to date. And, if you have any doubts about whether your correct mobile number or email is linked to your Aadhaar or not, then you can verify it on the UIDAI website.

9. Never disclose your Aadhaar OTP

Another important security tip is to never be sharing your Aadhaar Card OTP and personal details with anyone. However, UIDAI tells citizens that they will never receive a call, SMS, or email from UIDAI asking for their Aadhaar OTP.

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