With the new feature, people do not have to wait for OTP to arrive on their mobile, a time-based OTP (TOTP) will always be available on mAadhaar app on their mobile phones.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency that administers Aadhaar, has introduced a new security feature of time-based one-time password in its mobile app mAadhaar.
With the new feature, people do not have to wait for OTP to arrive on their mobile; a time-based OTP (TOTP) will always be available on mAadhaar app on their mobile phones.
“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. It is an 8-digit long numeric string generated as one-time temporary password (OTP) by an algorithm and valid only for 30 seconds,” said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI.
The TOTP is uniquely generated every 30 seconds for each resident separately in mAadhaar. The only requirement is that the person’s mobile device should be in sync with the Indian Standard Time time-zone. TOTP addresses OTP related shortcomings like residents dependency on mobile network for SMS delivery, added Pandey.
If a person has downloaded mAadhaar on their registered mobile, they can create their profile through an OTP-based authentication from UIDAI. Once this profile is created, which is password protected optionally, they may navigate to the TOTP page view, as and when required.
The mAadhaar app, launched in July, was downloaded over 1 million times in the last two months, according to the UIDAI.
Currently, in the beta or test version, the app allows one to carry their Aadhaar on their mobile registered with Aadhaar. The app is available on Android at present, and displays demographic data that is available on your Aadhaar card including name, date of birth, gender, address and photograph.By downloading this app on a device with their registered mobile number, a user need not carry physical copy of their Aadhaar card. Indian Railways has allowed m-Aadhaar as one of the valid proofs of identity for rail travel since 8 September 2017.