The care you should have when scanning with a QR code

Learn about the data that can be revealed through a simple QR code scan.

In previous posts, we explained how QR codes work and the facilities they give us within the new verification systems. And one of the points that must be taken into consideration of this tool are the cyber crimes to which users may be exposed.

Falling for scams through the cell phone such as smishing or phishing, today it is as easy as just entering a link. Cybercrime is already a problem within society 4.0, which alerts and digital security becomes a necessity. Some of the data that may be compromised and must be protected is confidential, such as personal information, software, purchases, online banking, government IT systems, and even biometric information, such as fingerprint, face, retina, etc. the iris, etc.

The companies dedicated to cybersecurity, recommend not to trust 100% of the codes that are scanned. This to avoid the scanning of altered QR codes that are not redirected to the indicated site, and not being sent to a fraudulent website. As well as avoid the theft of personal data associated with accounts and /or web applications . In addition, it is recommended not to scan codes that are not known to which site they are linked or that sometimes offer great prizes for just scanning the code.

The global Covid-19 pandemic is also a cause of the acceleration of the use of QR codes. So this type of virtual crime is growing. There was an increase of 125% of this type of crime, becoming one of the most common, after thefts.