Are QR Codes Safe to Use?

QR codes have started showing up everywhere, but are they safe to use? Read more to learn about the security issues associated with using QR codes.

October 1, 2021

What Are QR Codes?

You’ve probably come across many QR codes as many restaurants, shops, and different companies use them to allow you to quickly and easily access more information about them. Especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants use QR codes for you to access their online menu options.

Most of us don’t think twice about scanning a new QR code, but just like clicking an unknown link, QR codes can carry suspicious activity or malware that can infiltrate your device.

Should I Be Using QR Codes?

QR codes are quick and efficient ways for people to connect with a specific company or organization’s content and information, however, it’s important to be cautious when using them.

If you have these 3 things on your mobile device...

  • valuable private information
  • company data
  • banking credentials

using an unknown and potentially malicious QR code could breach this private information and it could be extremely costly, damaging, and stressful to resolve.

Remember, you’re only one click away from getting hacked, so be cautious when clicking or scanning unknown links and QR codes.

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