Every UAE resident has a PIN code... do you know yours

Picture: Supplied

Do you know your PIN code? 

Every UAE national, GGC national and resident has it, as it comes with your Emirates ID with Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) mentioning card holders have to protect their PIN Code.

“Think of it like a key. Instead of unlocking the door to your house or car, your Pin unlocks the gateway to your personal information. We regularly lock our houses and cars, but too often, we’re careless about the ‘keys’ to our personal information and possibly soon our financial, health, and private information,” says the authority.

What is PIN Code?

The PIN code is one of the means used to get access to the private data in your card and authenticate your identity. It consists of four digits and is recommended to be changed regularly (using Card reading program offered by Eida).

In the case of three false entry of your PIN code, the ID card deactivates this functionality. To reactivate it, the card holder has to visit the nearest registration center, or Eida kiosk machine.

How to reactivate it?

In case you have not activated the PIN code during the registration process or you have accidently deactivated your Pin functionality, the holder has to visit the nearest registration center. No appointment is required. The card holder has to notify the center supervisor to activate the PIN. Remember, you have to take your ID card during this process and you must yourself set the new four digit pin code.

Factors of authentication

It is something you carry “the ID card”; something you know “PIN code” and something that is part of you “Finger Print”

Today the identity management provider’s, financial institutes, and government’s nightmares are identity theft and fraud. A finger print scan is done at the time of when you apply for a new card. It is unique and cannot be duplicated.

Identity Theft happens when someone gathers personal information about you and assumes your identity as his own. With the UAE ID Card the information he/she gathers won’t help as you are protected by the above three factors of authentication as the country protects its services by mandating customers to supply the ID card and authenticate the holder using the three factor of authentication.

Identity Fraud consists mainly of someone making unauthorized charges to your credit card, or using online services on your behalf, or you’re banking services. It is not possible with the ID card and as the above three factors of authentication process help to save your financial information.

Read: 10 things every UAE resident must know about Emirates ID