Last year, the Indian government had launched an Android app to help people digitize the way they carry their important identity proofs. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi s “Digital India” project, the government rolled out the DigiLocker app, which is essentially an online locker facility, where users can upload and save all their government-issued documents such as PAN card, Aadhar Card, college certificates, property documents and the likes, online. Last week, the government also added the option on the DigiLocker app for users to upload their driving license and vehicle registration papers. The whole idea of the app is to help users avoid carrying their original certificates with them all the time. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this weekAlso Read - Top free app on Google Play store: Meesho beats Instagram to top the chart
However, recently, many fraudulent apps have been spotted on Google Play that pose to be the DigiLocker app issued by the government. Going by the same name, these apps cash on the ignorance of some users. These fake apps have similar logos like the original app, some even have the Indian emblem on it, while others use Prime Minister Narendra Modi s photo on them, which can easily confuse anyone. When we searched on the Google Play store for DigiLocker app, we found five apps listed by the same name, apart from the genuine DigiLocker app. Although Google constantly works on sieving the fake apps, it takes a while before they are spotted and recognized by Google Bouncer. In turn, before they are pulled down, they successfully confuse many users and trick them into installing their apps. Nevertheless, if a user is careful, they can avoid being tricked into the trap of fake apps. They can easily spot the original app from the fake ones by keeping in mind a few things. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India crosses 10 million downloads within few hours of release
How to spot fake DigiLocker apps
The first thing a user must see is the name of the developer of the app. The genuine one will have MeitY, Government of India listed as the developer, and it is marked under the productivity app. Also, if you scroll down on the app details of the real DigiLocker app, you will notice that the app has been installed between 500,000 to a million times, and the app size is 15MB. The fake apps, on the other hand, barely have 10,000-50,000 installs, and are generally smaller in app size as well. Also, the genuine app is the only one which has the link to the official DigiLocker website in its description.
It is extremely important for users to be sure that they are downloading the genuine DigiLocker app before they do so, because the fake ones can prove very dangerous. The documents that a user uploads up on these fake apps could be misused. Also read: DigiLocker app lets you access driving license and vehicle registration papers on smartphone, here s how to use it
The DigiLocker app was first launched by the government of India back in February 2015. It is extremely simple to use the app. Once the app has been downloaded, a user can sign up into the app using their phone number. For a two-step authentication, a user will be sent an OTP on the same number for verification. Once verified, the app will prompt the user to enter their Aadhar Card details and finally scan and upload documents.