m-Aadhaar Has A Dynamic New Security Feature: What You Need To Know

m-Aadhaar Has A Dynamic New Security Feature: What You Need To Know
According to UIDAI, the dynamic one time password has time variable characteristic and is personal to the user.
mAadhaar, the mobile app developed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which allows users to carry their Aadhaar details on their phone has a new security feature to safeguard personal biometric details. The app now has a ‘time-based OTP’ to as an extra layer of safety. The app – in its beta version – displays demographic data that is available on the Aadhaar card including name, date of birth, gender, address and photograph.

The Aadhaar body, UIDAI, has introduced a new security feature (TOTP) to mAadhaar after receiving an overwhelming response of over 1 million downloads in just last two months since its launch in July this year.

“With this feature, people now do not have to wait for OTP to arrive on their mobile. TOTP (time-based OTP) will be always available on mAadhaar App on their mobile phones”, UIDAI said in a statement.

Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, “Currently, to improve both security and convenience, TOTP has been configured in our Self Service Update Portal (SSUP) and eAadhaar download. In future, all OTP based Aadhaar authentication applications will be migrated to TOTP based Aadhaar authentication”.

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According to UIDAI, TOTP has time variable characteristic and is personal to the user. It is uniquely generated every 30 seconds for each user separately in mAadhaar. However, the client mobile device’s time should be in sync with IST time-zone.

As per a notification from UIDAI, if you have downloaded mAadhaar on your registered mobile, you can create your profile through an OTP based authentication. Once this profile is created, which is password protected optionally, you may navigate to TOTP page view, as and when required.

m-Aadhaar is currently available only for android phones and is accepted as a valid ID proof for rail travel.

 

 

Source by ndtv..

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