Aadhaar card has been, in recent times, a very useful and sought after document in many applications. Today, we would like to share with your how to secure your aadhaar with the lock/unlock Aadhaar facility available for every Aadhaar card holder. As with any other important document, you will want to prevent the illegal and unauthorised use of your Aadhaar details. This can lead to many inconveniences and problems in some cases as well. So let’s take a look at few Aadhaar security tips and be a responsible citizen.
Aadhaar Card Usage in Daily Life
Before we get to the point, let’s see some of the uses of your Aadhaar card. Did you know that you can open a bank account using Aadhaar card as both Identity proof as well as Address proof – satisfying all documents required for KYC (Know Your Customer)? Besides, Aadhaar card can be used for Mobile and DTH connections, investment related account opening etc. Heck, you even need to fill your Aadhaar details (if you have one, that is) in government job applications as well. Aadhaar is also effectively used in disbursal of government schemes and benefits to eliminate the lengthy and cumbersome process. It promotes transparancy in implementation of such welfare benefits for the masses. Earlier, a customer or applicant needs separate document for ID proof as well as Address proof. No document is an all-in-one, untill Aadhaar Card came along.
Secure your aadhaar details with the lock/unlock feature
In case you are not aware, you can lock your Aadhaar details to prevent its misuse. The same can be unlocked at will and this helps in securing your Aadhaar details. Apart from Aadhaar authentication services provided online, this is one important feature which many did not know.
To secure your Aadhaar details with the Aadhaar lock feature, follow these simple steps.
- Select the Lock/Unlock Aadhaar under “Aadhaar Services”. Click here.
- Check the box to confirm Aadhaar lock and click Lock/Unlock Biometrics
- In the next page, login to your Aadhaar account by entering your Aadhaar number and OTP
- Select Lock and submit.
You can also lock/unlock your Aadhaar using the official mAadhaar Mobile app available for both Android and iOS. Note that once you have locked your Aadhaar, you will not be able to perform biometrics authentication. In other words, you Aadhaar card validation will not work during this time. To unlock your Aadhaar, follow the steps to lock as mentioned above. In the option provided, select Unlock in place of Lock biometrics.
Can Someone Withdraw Money From My Account Using My Aadhaar Details?
This is one of the very hot topics of recent times which many are worried about. There are rumours where people are warned to not share their Aadhaar details as other people can withdraw money from their Aadhaar linked bank accounts. Let’s break this up and calm down the tense here.
No one can simply withdraw money from your Aadhaar Linked bank account with only your Aadhaar details. The banking system is secure enough to prevent such simple frauds. Check for clarifications from the UIDAI agency itself.
However, getting your Aadhaar details can be an important step for fraudsters to dupe you. Since Aadhaar card details contains your active Mobile Number, Full name and Address etc, fraudsters may be able to dupe you through calls, asking for OTPs and Aadhaar link bank account details. So, not to worry that Aadhaar number is not sufficient at all for withdrawl of money from your bank account. If you want to confirm it, try doing it yourself.
one important tip for all aadhaar users
Now that you know how to lock/unlock your Aadhaar details online, we hope you make the best use of this facility. Please note that whenever your Aadhaar needs authentication, it must be unlocked. Finally, we are going to share one important tip for all Aadhaar users.
Whenever you hand over your Aadhaar card copy to any person, be sure to write the purpose of the document submitted. For instance, if you are opening an account using Aadhaar card, you can write “for SBI account opening purpose only”. This will not invalidate the document but is a good practice. Also whenever you show any representative you original Aadhaar card, do always remember to collect it back.