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Tips for Safe QR Code Scanning

Updated: Apr 5

QR codes have become widespread, found on everything from restaurant menus to posters. They offer a quick and easy way to access online content by simply scanning them with your smartphone camera. However, with their rise in popularity comes an unfortunate downside: scams.


Phone in hand scanning a QR Code from a tablet

Cybercriminals are misusing QR codes to steal personal information, infect devices with malware, or trick people into paying money.

Scammers create fake QR codes and overlay them on legitimate ones. When people scan these fake codes, they may be directed to phishing websites or prompted to download malicious apps. To protect yourself, it's crucial to exercise caution when scanning QR codes.


Here are some tips to stay safe:


  1. Verify the source of the QR code, especially if it prompts you to enter personal information.

  2. Use a dedicated QR code scanner app instead of your device's default camera app for added security.

  3. Before clicking on a QR code-linked website, review the URL to ensure it matches the legitimate site it claims to represent.

  4. Trust your instincts and avoid scanning QR codes that look suspicious, damaged, or tampered with.

  5. Keep your device's operating system and QR code scanning apps up to date to protect against vulnerabilities.

  6. Avoid entering personal information, making payments, or donations through QR code-linked websites. Use trusted and secure payment methods instead.

QR codes can be both useful and fun, but it's essential to scan them with caution to avoid falling victim to scams. If you need help ensuring your devices are phishing-resistant, contact us today.


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