Published On: Sun, Sep 9th, 2018

Data Safety: Provide Virtual Aadhaar Number to Service Provider, Not Aadhaar Number

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Aadhaar card data should be kept secured and safe. It should not be provided easily and to everyone. This is the reason the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has come up with the concept of a Virtual Aadhaar ID (VID).

Virtual Aadhaar Number

Getting VID is simple. It is a masked e-Aadaaar card and can be downloaded from the website of UIDAI website. It will hide the Aadhaar number from any service provider, from any third party.

So, next time when a service provider asks for Aadhaar car for verification, it is advised to product VID number. It is a single-use random number and mapped with Aadhaar data. It can be used in the authentication API input of the service provider.

The process to generate VID number is simple. First, download e-Aadhaar option on the UIDAI website and click on the option of generating VID number. It will show only the four digits of Aadhaar number and the rest digits will be barred.

Before it is downloaded, the website will ask for OTP that is sent to the linked mobile number.

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