QR Code Risks

QR Code

In the world of digital information, QR codes (Quick Response Codes) have become the gatekeepers of convenience. Quick and efficient, they provide us with instant access to a vast array of online content, from product information to e-commerce websites. But have you ever stopped to think about the hidden dangers lurking behind these pixelated squares?


Bugs in the code can result in incorrect information being encoded or decoded, leading to incorrect information being displayed or used. Attackers can create malicious QR codes that, when scanned, direct users to malicious websites that steal sensitive information or infect their devices with malware.

Errors in the QR code generation process can also result in codes that are difficult or impossible to scan, which can cause frustration and confusion. Bugs in the QR code scanning application can result in incorrect or inconsistent results when scanning QR codes, leading to a poor user experience.

Phishing Attacks

In a phishing attack using QR codes, attackers create QR codes that appear legitimate and trick users into scanning them. The attacker sends the code via a spam email, or places the fake QR code in a location where it is likely to be scanned, such as on a public poster.  When a user scans the fake QR code, they are redirected to a fake website that looks legitimate, such as a banking website. The user is then prompted to enter their personal information, such as login credentials or payment information, which the attacker can then use for malicious purposes.

Malware Attacks

Malware attacks can pose a risk to users when associated with QR codes. Malicious actors can create QR codes that link to malicious websites or downloads that can install malware on the user’s device, giving the attacker access to sensitive data or allowing them to control the device remotely.

To reduce the risk of malware attacks associated with QR codes, it is recommended to only scan QR codes from trusted sources and to always verify the URL or destination before accessing it.  In some cases a QR code sticker will be placed on top of a legitimate QR code.  If you see this, don’t scan it.

To be safe, it’s best to avoid entering any confidential information in any location you have accessed from a QR code.  It’s best to type in the URL yourself to access the proper web site to make a payment or book an appointment. 

Additionally, keeping your device and its security software up-to-date can help prevent successful malware infections.

If you want to take extra steps in safeguarding your personal and business information, look no further than BSC Solutions Group Ltd.  Our expert cybersecurity services will help keep your online presence safe and secure. Contact us today to learn more!