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QR Codes: Staying Safe

The rise of QR codes, designed initially by factories in Japan have been slowly entering the wider world and now exploded in use in the fight against Coronavirus.

Staying Safe Top Tips

Be Vigilant especially to codes in unsolicited emails, on a website or printed and left in a public place.
Look at the URL, once scanned, don’t follow shortened web addresses where you can’t see the web domain, such as a bit.ly prefix.
Contact Tracing, venues should offer a pen and paper options.
Install a dedicated security app to check QR codes for links to malicious sites.
Use QR code payments only from within a known app. Be very wary about entering personal banking if prompted by a QR code.
Destroy after use. QR codes on travel tickets contain personal data, so dispose of them.

What does QR code stand for?

Quick Response. A QR code is a type of matrix barcode first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached.

What is the future of QR Codes?

The technology is anticipated to grow in multiple folds over the next couple of years. One of the key areas the QR Code technology will focus on is in-app usage and scanning ability. Other areas of growth are contactless payment system, transit and travel industry, healthcare, and marketing.

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