Hi everyone,

As I’ve cautioned before, the convenience of QR codes is matched by the growing number of cyber threats associated with them. It’s worth revisiting this topic as the misuse of QR codes becomes increasingly prevalent.

Understanding the Threat: Cybercriminals are exploiting the popularity of QR codes, often used in restaurants, shops, and public spaces. These scammers replace genuine QR codes with their tampered versions. When unsuspecting users scan these codes, they are redirected to harmful websites that can steal personal information or infect devices with malware.

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Inspect the QR Code: Before scanning any QR code, take a moment to examine it for signs of tampering, such as stickers placed over the original.
  • Verify the Source: Ensure the QR code is provided by a trusted entity. Be wary of codes displayed in unconventional locations or provided by unknown sources.
  • Review the URL: After scanning, scrutinize the URL that appears. Make sure it directs to a legitimate website and does not look suspicious.
  • Maintain Security Measures: Keep your mobile device’s security software updated to safeguard against malicious attacks prompted by fake QR codes.
  • Stay Informed: Continuously educate yourself about the latest cybersecurity threats. Sharing knowledge with friends, family, and colleagues amplifies awareness and protection for everyone.

Remain Vigilant: The integration of QR codes into daily life isn’t slowing down, and neither are the fraudsters exploiting this technology. By staying alert and following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of QR codes without compromising your safety.

If you have any concerns or need further advice on protecting yourself from digital threats, don’t hesitate to reach out through the Incognito app. Let’s keep our digital spaces safe together!

All the best, Stephen McCormack