We are so familiar with the use of DNI that sometimes we don’t pay attention to how much information is collected in this little document or how important that information is. Too many online procedures force us to send this important document, a document that we can edit from our own iPhone to reduce risk.

A preventive measure if we are forced to send this document

The sending of the photocopy of the DNI is being standardized to carry out the procedures, but it is not a secure method to identify oneself. Because? Because anyone with access to this document can pretend to be someone else. Ordering a duplicate SIM, for example, with all its implications, requires nothing more than this photocopy.

In this situation, it is a good idea to modify the photocopy to specify its use and hide certain data. Something we can do right on our iPhone in a matter of minutes that will greatly reduce the risk of file misuse.

There are many applications to blur and place a watermark on our ID. This time we are going to focus on Annotable, which we can download for free from the App Store. Once the application is downloaded and ready, let’s see the steps to follow, they are as follows:

We open the Annotable app on our iPhone or iPad. We select our ID if we saved it in the Photos app or we are touching the camera to take a photo right now. Touch the square button at the bottom right to open the tools. We choose the tool with a square of four colors. We draw a frame on our photo to pixelate it. We touch again the square button at the bottom right to open the tools. We choose the tool marked with A. We draw a frame in a suitable area to contain text. We write something like “Copy of DNI to make a reservation in hotel X”, for example. Once you have written you touch the outside of the text, to stop writing. We touch the red shaped button at the bottom left. We adjust the size of the text using the slider. We touch the share button, a square with an up arrow, at the top right and we share the edited DNI as we want.

It’s easy. With this we will get an identity document that will allow us to perform procedures without having to expose our security so much. Let’s say that in some cases the institution may not accept the rasterization of the photo, although the recommendation is always to prove it, if they reject the document, we generate a copy without the rasterization. At the same time, we may want to pixelate other information, especially the signature.

Remember that, by law, no public administration can ask us for a copy of our identity document. If this happens, we should automatically think of some kind of scam. Beyond administration, if we have to send our ID for any management by following the steps just seen, we will greatly reduce the risk, which never hurts.