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How to secure your Aadhaar card to prevent it from being misused?

Before locking your Aadhaar card, you need to generate a virtual ID number. Visit this link to generate or retrieve the virtual ID number for your Aadhaar card.

Written By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Updated on: May 23, 2024 13:20 IST
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Image Source : FILE How to secure your Aadhaar card to prevent it from being misused?

In today's India, the Aadhaar card has become an essential document and a crucial part of our identity. The card is being used for various verification purposes- from opening a bank account to making a passport or completing other government-related work. But with this, there is always a threat of misusing the identity as it is being used by everyone, everywhere.

If your Aadhaar card is being misused, it could lead you to serious legal trouble. Therefore, you need to secure your Aadhaar card and prevent it from being misused even if it falls into the wrong hands.

What are the risks of sharing Aadhaar card information?

We often share KYC (Know Your Customer) documents, which include Aadhaar Card and PAN Card details, for different purposes like buying a new SIM card, opening a bank account or taking an insurance policy.?

Unfortunately, sometimes people who act like bank representatives, insurance agents or marketing personnel might misuse the documents, which could lead to incidents like cyber fraud or banking fraud.

Advice from UIDAI

UIDAI, the government agency that issues Aadhaar cards has advised not to share your Aadhaar card number with anyone EVER!

In case you mistakenly share it, you could lock your card to prevent it from being misused. Here are the simple steps to lock your Aadhaar card from home.

How to lock your Aadhaar Card?

  1. Visit the UIDAI Website at [https://uidai.gov.in/](https://uidai.gov.in/).
  2. Select language navigate and proceed to the next page.
  3. Access Aadhaar services:
    • On the UIDAI home page, scroll down to find the Aadhaar Services section.
    • There, select the "Lock/Unlock Biometrics" option at the bottom.
  4. Follow the locking steps
  5. ? ?Tap on "Lock/Unlock Biometrics" and proceed to the next page.
  6. ? ?You will see the steps to lock your Aadhaar card.

Generate virtual ID number

Before locking your Aadhaar card, you need to generate a virtual ID number. For that, you need to visit: [https://resident.uidai.gov.in/genericGenerateOrRetriveVID](https://resident.uidai.gov.in/genericGenerateOrRetriveVID) to generate or retrieve the virtual ID number of your Aadhaar card.

By following these steps, you can easily lock your Aadhaar card from the comfort of your home, ensuring that it remains secure and protected from potential misuse.

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