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Aadhaar Card Security Tips One Must Always Follow

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With the increase in criminal activities, we have been advised not to share our personal information with people, especially our Aadhaar cards. Even the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) warned people against sharing their Aadhaar photocopies with any organization.

The UDAI believes that people and various organizations could misuse the Aadhaar card. There are several security tips that government wants everyone to follow. Let us look at those security tips.

Security tips one should follow

Always download your Aadhaar card from the official UIDAI website

The most important security tip is, that one should always download his/her Aadhaar card from the official UIDAI portal.

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The website link is: https://eAadhaar.uidai.gov.in/genricDownloadAadhaar

There are various websites that could be a threat to your security. So, to avoid that risk, visit the official link shared above.

Avoid downloading your Aadhaar card on a public laptop/ computer

If you are downloading your Aadhaar card on a public system, it means you are putting yourself at risk. And if you want to be on the safer side, avoid doing so.

However, if you still wish to download your Aadhaar card on a public system, make sure you delete all your browsing history along with the downloaded copies of your e-Aadhaar.

Check your Aadhaar authentication history regularly

One should always check his Aadhaar authentication history regularly. You could check the Aadhaar authentication history of up to fifty authentications in the past six months.

In case you find anything suspicious, you can always report it to 1947 or mail your report to help@uidai.gov.in

Secure your data by locking and unlocking Aadhaar online

Aadhaar card holders are given the facility of locking their Aadhaar biometrics to avoid any possible misuse by anyone.

If you want to lock/unlock your Aadhaar, you can either use the mAadhaar app or visit this link: https://resident.uidai.gov.in/Aadhaar-lockunlock

Do note, that you need a VID or Virtual ID to enjoy this service.

Verify Aadhaar shared with you

You can verify your Aadhaar in both offline and online mode. For verifying it in offline mode, scan the QR code on the e-Aadhaar PVC card or Aadhaar letter. For verifying your card in an online mode, enter the 12-digit Aadhaar on the link:  https://myAadhaar.uidai.gov.in/verifyAadhaar

keep your contact number updated in Aadhaar

always make sure that you keep your contact number updated on your Aadhaar card. This tip will surely help you one day. And if you want to make sure that your number or email is linked with your Aadhaar card, you can verify it through the UIDAI website directly.

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Use a password for your m-Aadhaar app

If you wish to protect anything, you put a password on it. Similar goes with the Aadhaar card, you should put a password on your m-Aadhaar app.

Never disclose your Aadhaar OTP

This is the last and the most important security tip. You should never disclose your Aadhaar OTP to anyone. UIDAI keep telling people that be aware of fraud calls as they never call anyone or message them for Aadhaar OTP.

These are some of the security tips that every one of us should follow. Now, if you want to share your Aadhaar card securely, here’s what you need to do.

Sharing Aadhaar card securely

The press release advises everyone to share their masked Aadhaar card wherever and whenever required. This masked Aadhar card only has the last four digits of your Aadhar card on it.

Someone who has a legitimate Aadhaar number can download it from the official UIDAI website. Also, when you try to download a copy of your Aadhar card, make sure you choose the “Do you want a masked Aadhaar” option.

So, now you know how to be careful about your Aadhaar card. Hope these security tips help you and you can be safe while sharing your Aadhaar number with people.

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Mansi Gupta
"Fair and virtuous, Royal and gracious", this is how she represent herself. Hailing from the city of temples Jammu, she completed her studies in Himachal Pradesh. Being a student of journalism and mass communication, she was always passionate about writing and speaking. She has also worked as a news anchor and reporter for digital platforms. Currently, she is working as a full-time content writer. She strongly believes in the 'power of writing' as those little words make a huge difference.
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