Be Cautious Before Scanning A QR Code

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( – QR codes have become the newest way in which people are trying to gain access to information from people’s phones. A QR (Quick Response) code usually comes in a square shape and includes a number of white and black pixels. Each of these is designed in such a pattern that data can be included in the code providing information about a service or product. QR codes have become particularly popular ways of viewing the menu of a restaurant, downloading apps, confirming bank account details and even receiving directions.

However, with the increase in the use of QR codes, thieves have tried to use the technology to steal people’s months and other information by embedding harmful codes into the links.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported that people have found fraudsters are using fake QR codes to cover legitimate QR codes. The fake QR code then takes users to spoofed websites that appear to be real. However, soon after entering the website the person’s information is stolen and malware is installed on their device.

In order to protect yourself the FTC recommends not scanning QR codes that are found in unexpected locations. They have further stated that users should completely check the URL before opting to open the website. As they argue if the URL is not something you recognize then it could be spoofed.

The FTC has also informed customers that they should not scan any QR codes that unexpectedly arrive through text messages or email on their phones.

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