Worried about misusing your Aadhar card? Follow this method to stay safe

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Aadhar cards have become an integral part of the government’s ecosystem to access some important services. Often you can meet officials or some private companies asking for your Aadhaar number. For Aadhaar cardholders who are not comfortable providing their important details, the government has introduced a unique method called ‘Masked Aadhaar’.

Masked Aadhaar option allows you to hide your Aadhaar number in your downloaded e-Aadhaar. Masked Aadhaar Number means replacing the first 8 digits of the Aadhaar number with some characters like “xxxx-xxxx” while only the last 4 digits of the Aadhaar number are visible. Its use will provide some additional security as the receiver will not have access to the full Aadhaar number. Even if this masked base is lost, it will still be relatively safe.

All eligible people can download Masked Aadhaar from UIDAI website or they can get it from any Aadhaar centre. While the masked Aadhaar will not have a complete Aadhaar number, it will have a QR code, will contain demographic information and a photograph of the resident, but will not have an Aadhaar number.

According to the government, the cardholder will have the option to use the masked Aadhaar in place of any other ID. It is also possible to mask the date of birth on the card if the user wishes.
The card can still be used for ticket verification at airports and trains, adding mobile numbers, or even as identification at tourist destinations in India. The agencies should have no problem in accepting the masked Aadhaar.

How to download your Masked Aadhaar:

Visit the official website of UIDAI (myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in).
You will get the option of ‘My Aadhaar’ in the tab
From the drop-down menu, select the option ‘Download Aadhaar’
You will be asked to enter your 12 digit Aadhar number or Virtual ID or Enrollment number
After this, all you have to do is select the option of ‘Masked Aadhaar’.
-In the following step, you have to verify the captcha code
Thereafter the user can hit on the ‘Send OTP’ option from the drop-down menu.
-Once you enter the OTP from the registered phone, you can download the masked Aadhaar

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