Microsoft has now integrated its “Made for India” Skype Lite app with Aadhaar. This will allow the user to verify the caller’s identity. This is a big step towards preventing impersonation fraud.
Fighting Identity Theft
Aadhar is considered as one of the world’s largest national identification number projects. It is now being integrated with all other possible ids to prevent identity theft.
“With the latest version of Skype Lite, Aadhaar integration can be used to verify users’ identity online, helping them communicate more securely with others,” said Jasmeen Nagpal of Microsoft. Microsoft may also be looking to launch a Surface phone soon.
How It’ll Work
Using Aadhar verification both parties may be able to identify if the caller is the same person that they have added to their Skype contacts directory. In order to confirm your identity, you will need to click on “Verify Aadhaar identity”. Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number. Then authenticate with a one-time password sent via SMS.
This doesn’t mean that user’s will suddenly be kicked out of the app and into a web browser. The verification happens while on the call and is done seamlessly. Once all the information is validated, you can choose to share pre-selected Aadhaar information with the other person to confirm your identity. The identity is confirmed to both the users in the form of a pop-up.
Skype-lite is the smaller version of the popular video calling app Skype from Microsoft. Skype-lite was designed especially for India keeping in mind the slow speeds of most mobile data internet connections, which cannot take on the loads of video-conferencing.