Adhara’s update: The Aadhaar has become one of the most important documents an Indian can have. It is required to carry out a number of operations, including opening a bank account or investing in a government plan. The 12-digit identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) contains sensitive information about the cardholder and must be used securely. For this reason, the UIDAI has asked citizens not to download copies of e-Aadhaar on the public computer. Even if they do, they should remove all copies of the e-Aadhaar from the device, the authority advised in a recent tweet.
“To download an e-Aadhaar, please avoid using a public computer in an internet cafe/kiosk. However, if you do so, it is strongly recommended to delete all downloaded copies of eAadhaar,” the UIDAI said in a tweet on September 22.
To download an e-Aadhaar, please avoid using a public computer in an internet cafe/kiosk.
However, if you do so, it is strongly recommended that you delete all downloaded copies of #eAadhaar. pic.twitter.com/TWBakmyZmS
— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) September 23, 2022
However, if you don’t want to download your e-Aadhaar, you can download a masked Aadhaar, which can give you more security. While a normal e-Aadhaar shows the full Aadhaar number and details, a masked Aadhaar hides personal information.
The masked Aadhaar option allows you to mask your Aadhaar number on your downloaded e-Aadhaar, according to the UIDAI website. Masked Aadhaar number involves replacing the first 8 digits of the Aadhaar number with some characters like “xxxx-xxxx”, while only the last four digits of the Aadhaar number are visible.
How to download the masked Aadhaar
Step 1: Open the link: https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/
Step 2: Enter your full 12-digit Aadhaar card number.
Step 3: Check the option that says: ‘I want a masked Aadhaar’.
Step 4: Next, you need to enter the Captcha verification code that will be provided to you to verify it yourself.
Step 5: Click on the ‘Send OTP’ option.
Step 6: Now, all that remains is to download the copy of e-Aadhaar.
Step 7: Now, enter the OTP and click “Download Aadhaar”
Now, you will be able to access your masked Aadhaar, which can be downloaded in PDF format. However, it will be password protected. The letter Aadhaar password is a combination of the first four letters of your name in uppercase, followed by the year of your birth in AAAA format. For example, if his name is Atul Sharma and his birth year is 1969, his masked Aadhaar password will be ATU1969. You can use a masked Aadhaar in cases where the full Aadhaar number is not required, for example when performing e-KYC.
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