Aadhar card in India is considered to be the standard document of identity and address which is further linked to other areas like taxation, financial transactions, banking information, cellular and landline networks, PDS (Public Distribution System), etc. If you lose your Aadhar Card, then it is a big security threat to your personal information, as this utility document is linked to various government/ private services; hence security of Aadhar should be given utter importance in order to secure data and individual identity.
Why is Safety of Your Aadhar Card Data Crucial?
It has been mandated by the government of India to link individual Aadhar card with respective PAN while filling ITR (Income Tax Return). Consequently, tax related information will be accessible through Aadhar itself. Additionally, Aadhar Card has to be linked with bank accounts so that the Government can access individual banking information through this utility document.
Further, Aadhar is also linked to government and private money transfer applications like Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) and Aadhar Pay. Now, if someone gets access to your Aadhar Card, he/she can collate information to the related/ linked services. Moreover, Aadhar also contains one’s biometric details like iris and fingerprint data, which stands to be misused if in the wrong hands. Hence, it is advisable to keep your Aadhar Card safe.
How to Keep Your Aadhar Card Secured?
A) Safeguard Your Aadhar Card’s Biometric Data: With Aadhaar Card, you have the option of authenticating any financial transaction through your fingerprint through POS (Point Of Sale) machine available with merchants. But, your biometric data can be hacked by professional hackers. To safeguard it, UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has introduced a feature of locking your biometric details.
- It is advisable to lock the details and unlock them again whenever it is necessary.
- To do this, you can log on to UIDAI’s official website and then further login to your personal Aadhar section.
- By clicking on the appropriate tab, you will receive an OTP on your mobile number. This will enable you to lock and unlock your Aadhar details.
- Whenever you unlock your Aadhar details, it will stay like that for 20 minutes after which it will switch to lock mode.
B) Do Not Share OTP for Authentication With Others: By default, there are many safety features associated with the card. For example whenever you share Aadhaar details with any service provider, you get an OTP for authentication purposes on your mobile number linked with Aadhaar Card, which is valid for 30 minutes. You should not share that password with anyone.
Even after these safety features, your Aadhaar can be at risk of being misused or lost, if you are not careful when sharing this essential document or its details with others. Follow the above-mentioned steps to secure your Aadhaar Card today.