08 March, 2017


Aadhaar card is a convenience, no doubt about that. It's a never-fail identification document that we need. But in a country like India, which has almost non-existential cyber security norms, you can never be too safe especially when you are giving out all your information through a thumb impression.
But all is not lost here, there are a few things you can do:
1) Lock your biometric data
Yes, you can do that. Nobody can access you biometric data once you have locked it. Your demographic details like address, age and gender will still be accessible when needed. To lock your biometric data, visit this page
It will ask you to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar number, a captcha and a One Time Password (OTP) that you will receive on your registered number. On the next page, you can lock your biometric information.
If you wish to unlock the information, go to the same page, follow the same process and on the last page click on 'Unlock'.
2) Try to not to give a photocopy of the Aadhaar card to anyone, in physical or digital form. Avoid sharing your Aadhaar number with anyone. Remember, this number has all your information.
3) If there is no other option but to produce a photocopy of your Aadhaar card it is best to write the purpose and self-attest it.

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