Aadhaar card is one of the most important identity verification documents in our country needed for opening a bank account to filing income tax returns. It is very necessary to protect the security of Aadhaar and check its misuse. The Government of India has brought some measures to strengthen the security of Aadhaar. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has a feature, which enables you to lock and unlock your Aadhaar number. This enables to more strengthen the privacy and security of the Aadhaar number of an individual.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent misuse of your Aadhaar:
1) Locking Aadhaar number
Locking Aadhaar card means locking your 12 digits Aadhaar and rather than using the 16 digits Virtual ID (VID) for all forms of authentication. There are two steps to lock your Aadhaar.
Through UIDAI website
Open Resident portal Under Aadhaar Service
Click on Lock & Unlock.
Pick UID Lock Radio Button and enter UID Number, Full Name, and Pin Code as in the newest details and enter the security code.
Click on Send OTP or select TOTP and click on submit.
Your UID will be locked successfully.
For Locking UID, the tenant should have a 16 digit VID number and it’s a pre-requisite for locking. If a tenant doesn’t have VID can generate via SMS Service or Resident Portal.
SMS Service. GVID space lasts 4 or 8 digits of UID. SMS to 1947. Ex- GVID 1234.
2) Locking Biometrics in Aadhaar
Another option with an Aadhaar holder is to lock biometrics. Biometric ‘Locking/Unlocking’ is a service that allows Aadhaar holders to lock and tentatively unlock their biometrics. This facility aims to uphold the privacy and confidentiality of resident’s biometrics data.
How to lock Aadhaar biometrics?
Open Resident portal, go to ‘My Adhaar’ then go to Aadhaar service.
Click on lock/unlock biometrics.
Next, enter your Aadhaar or VID number, and captcha code.
You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.
Enter the OTP and submit.
Your biometrics will be locked.