WHAT GOES INTO MAKING AADHAAR SAFE?
Every citizen of the nation uses their Aadhaar number as their identity. It has evolved as everyone’s chosen ID during the last decade. Today, it is necessary for all significant work.
To say that the Aadhar card is the most important document for establishing your identity in India would be an understatement. It can not only be used to identify oneself at airport check-in counters, but it can also be used to open a new bank account, get a new mobile connection, a gas connection, register a plot of land, and even during a child’s school admission.
This document is extremely sensitive because it can be used to get modifications made to your current bank accounts, insurance, phone connections, direct government benefits, or any service you can think of. Because it is even connected to your income tax, if someone obtains your Aadhar card information, they can use it for almost anything.
Therefore, safeguarding Aadhar card from any exploitation has to be top responsibility. Additional measures have been adopted by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to protect Aadhar data.
Some of the most significant Aadhaar data security measures are as follows:
- Never share your OTP with anyone else to compromise your Aadhaar authentication:
Don’t share the OTP generated on your Aadhaar-linked mobile number with anyone if you want to keep your Aadhaar credentials safe and private.
- Do not download your Aadhaar using a public computer:
Sometimes, tech-savvy people use a public computer to download Aadhaar before forgetting to delete it. It’s a bad idea since you would be totally responsible if your Aadhaar credentials were used to gain access to a public computer. It is advised that you only generate your Aadhaar on your computer or mobile device using the official UIDAI website
- To prevent unauthorized access, lock your Aadhaar biometrics:
Aadhaar cardholders can lock their biometrics to protect their Aadhaar details from being exploited online or offline. This is done by UIDAI in order to stop any potential misuse by anyone. Either the UIDAI webpage or the mAadhaar app allow users to lock their Aadhaar biometrics.
According to UIDAI, the “Disguise Aadhaar option allows you to mask your Aadhaar number in your downloaded e-Aadhaar.” The first eight digits of the Aadhaar number are replaced with characters like “xxxx-xxxx,” leaving only the last four digits of the Aadhaar number visible.
- High-tech encryption and authentication to protect Aadhaar:
Aadhaar data is encrypted using PKI-2048 and AES-256. These public key encryptions are among the safest ones out there. The enrolment data packets are saved in PKI encrypted form, so neither a system nor a person has access to them.
The encryption keys are kept in their software program by several solutions on the market. This is a dangerous concept in terms of security compliance. All encryption keys, not just the root of the Master Key, should be kept in intrusion-resistant HSM devices, is a strong recommendation.
For the best possible data security and protection, these HSM devices must be FIPS-140, Level 3 certified.
- Aadhaar vault establishment was mandatory:
UIDAI mandated the implementation of Aadhaar vaults in 2017 for all entities collecting and storing Aadhaar numbers. The UIDAI also prescribed a procedure for the implementation of Aadhaar vaults, and failure to comply would result in a general penalty under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act.
- Aadhaar Data Vault enables users to easily comply with UIDAI’s dynamic guidelines without fear of future changes.
- The solution’s automatic key management, access control, and policy management
- API-based solutions assist organizations in integrating with other lines of business for easy and seamless integration
- Secure and centralize storage for Aadhaar Data.
- The Aadhaar Data Vault easily integrated with current apps due to its secure REST API.
- Strong access controls and necessary alerts make it auditable.
- Accessible on a need-to-know basis only
- Supports database encryption to protect data even if the database as a whole is compromised.
Solutions to make your Aadhaar data safe:
For securing Aadhaar data We offer cryptographic solutions to businesses, government organizations, and financial institutions. We assisted one of India’s largest government infrastructure providers in establishing a centralized ‘Aadhaar Data Vault‘ solution for e-governance applications. Our primary product lines include industry-compliant Hardware Security Modules, Key Management Solutions, Tokenization, Encryption, Aadhaar Data Vault, and Authentication solutions. Our innovative solutions have been adopted by businesses across the country to handle mission-critical data security and data protection needs.
Our Aadhaar data vault guarantees strict adherence to UIDAI regulations and high data security. In order to integrate Aadhaar Data Vault inside of your organization, CryptoBind provides the whole software suite. The program exposes a SOAP/REST API that can be used to safely and conveniently store the Aadhaar number, and it links Aadhaar data into the Aadhaar Data Vault using the UIDAI-mandated Tokenization mechanism. Encryption of the database and HSM integration are included in the package to secure data.
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