How to prevent misuse of Aadhaar Number ?


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How to save Aadhaar number from identity theft?

  1. You must always keep sensitive documents in your custody. Avoid handing over these to others randomly without any reason. There have been instances wherein the acquaintances are found misusing the documents.
  2. Many times you have to give your documents to another person for verification purposes. Remember to take them back once the purpose is served.
  3. Whenever a document is being photocopied, we don’t stay vigilant. If you too have this habit, then you need to change it. You have to be careful about things going around.
  4. It’s wise to mention the purpose of the documents during its submission. Suppose you give your Aadhaar card photocopy for bank account opening. You can write on it as “ID proof for account opening only at XYZ Bank”.

How to lock Aadhaar Number?

UIDAI has come up with Aadhaar Biometric locking system to protect the privacy of your Aadhaar data. In this, you can prevent misuse of Aadhaar number by getting the biometrics locked. Once these are locked, the unlocking can only be done online.

You may follow these steps to lock your Aadhaar Biometric data:

  1. Visit the Aadhaar locking website: https://resident.uidai.gov.in/biometric-lock
  2. Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number.
  3. Click on “Send OTP”. UIDAI will send OTP on your registered mobile number.
  4. Enter “OTP” in the space provided. Click “Login”.
  5. Click on the “Enable” tab. It will lock your Aadhaar Biometric credentials.
  6. A window will appear showing successful completion.

How to unlock Aadhaar number?

You may follow these steps to unlock your Aadhaar Biometric data:

  1. Visit the Aadhaar locking website: https://resident.uidai.gov.in/biometric-lock
  2. Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number.
  3. Click on “Send OTP”. UIDAI will send OTP on your registered mobile number.
  4. Enter “OTP” in the space provided. Click “Login”.
  5. Click on the “Unlock” tab. It will unlock your Aadhaar Biometric credentials. For authentication purpose, it will be unlocked only for 10 minutes. Afterwards, it will be locked automatically.
  6. A window will appear showing successful completion.

Final Words

Aadhaar number is an important multi-purpose identity proof. By staying vigilant about its custody, you can prevent yourself from an identity theft.

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