Frauds related to Aadhaar Card are increasing, do this thing to secure your Aadhaar
Aadhar card has become the most important paper for every Indian these day. Aadhar Card is a mandatory document from vaccination to getting legal work done. It is also an essential document for those who want to avail of government services and avail things like bank accounts.
However, we need to be extremely careful while disclosing our Aadhaar ID proof to anyone. If we do not wish to share the original 12-digit Aadhaar card number, we can use the 'Masked Aadhaar ID' or Virtual ID (VID) provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It is essentially a 16-digit ID number that can be shared without revealing anything important about your personal information. This is called Masked Aadhaar or VID.
What is Masked Aadhaar or VID?
This is a way to hide your Aadhaar number even though it is a legal method of verification. It is absolutely authentic and extremely safe too. The Mask Aadhaar option allows users to hide their Aadhaar numbers in the download of e-Aadhaar copies. It essentially replaces the first 8 digits of your original Aadhaar number with special characters and only the last 4 digits are visible.
Step 1: Visit the link - https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/
Step 2: Enter your complete 12 digit Aadhar card number.
Step 3: Tick on the option which reads - 'I want a masked Aadhaar'.
Step 4: Enter the captcha verification code that will be provided to verify yourself.
Step 5: Click on the 'Send OTP' option.
Step 6: Download e-Aadhaar copy.
UIDAI from time to time warns people against sharing the Aadhaar number to protect themselves from fraud. In cases where fraud cases are prevalent, we may use VID for security purposes.