published December 16th, 2011 | categories: Code | all categories
QR codes are a great marketing tool for those who want a little more innovation to their campaign. These codes have been in use since 1994, when the Japanese created them. However, a major problem still exists – reading them safely. The shipping business was one of the first to begin using them on a wide scale as a tool to inventory and track packages. As QR codes became mainstream in social media and advertising, those with malicious intentions created codes that helped spread malware.
Unfortunately, Android based mobile phones are more prone to security breaches from malicious QR codes. Because of the open-source nature of the Android platform, hackers have found more unique ways of tapping into the code and execution pathways. According to Security firm McAffee, the dominant security risks for mobile platforms includes Android and Java technologies.
How to stay safe
QR codes take a relatively great technology and turn it into a roulette wheel. You never really know what you are going to get. Below are a couple of recommendations to help you stay safe in this new world of mobile computing and QR codes.
- use a mobile QR code-/barcode-scanning app that previews URLs (see a list of recommended scanners below)
- avoid scanning codes from questionable sources
- if in doubt, save the QR code image and use a web-based scanner to decode the URL
- don’t scan them – a kind of QR code abstinence
Recommended QR Code Scanners
- Visual network mapping using RadialNet and nmap
- How to uninstall Metasploit from Ubuntu
- Brian Moon “Ease into HTML5 and CSS3″ presentation
- Use wget to download specific filetypes on a website
- Embed NW Linux articles on your website
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