Aadhaar Card Safety Tips

Aadhaar Card is not just an identity card but, a mandatory document for getting banking and other Government benefits. Our Aadhaar card is a unique document as it contains essential information including demographic and biometric details. Although the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) claims that the base is completely safe, taking precautions are also necessary.

Below mentioned are some of the safety tips:

  1. Never share your Aadhaar number with any unauthorised person.
  2. Do not share your base One Time Password (OTP) with any person or agency. No UIDAI representative asks for an OTP through call, e-mail or SMS. So, do not share the OTP with anyone.
  3. UIDAI also recognises digital Aadhaar card. Hence, instead of printing the base, you can save the digital copy in your mobile or laptop. If you are downloading it on a public machine, do not forget to delete its local copy.
  4. For basic verification and other features, please register your mobile number. If you have not yet registered your number or changed the number then update it by visiting the nearest base centre.
  5. Do not forget to mention the purpose of the documents during its submission. For example: Suppose you share your Aadhaar card photocopy for a bank account opening, you should write on it as ‘Identity proof for account opening only at <XYZ> Bank’.
  6. You can now visit the official website of UIDAI and easily track the history of your Aadhaar card. This will enable you to know the details where the unique identification code was used.
  7. You can also visit the official website of UIDAI to check whether it has an Aadhaar biometric lock or unlock system to protect the privacy of your Aadhaar data.
  8. You must monitor your Aadhaar transactions regularly from UIDAI’s official website by logging in with your personal credentials.
  9. Update your Aadhaar details only at UIDAI authorised agencies.
  10. Do not share your Aadhaar number on social media.
  11. If you suspect any misuse of your 12-digit unique number, please notify the concerned authorities immediately.
  12. Do not share your Aadhaar mobile application password with anyone and never keep the password same as the one you use for logging into your computer or for accessing your e-mail.