QR codes are great – and possibly dangerous at times

QR Codes and mobile Security

Though the barcodes are a growing favorite of consumers and marketers, unethical hands have entered the mix. The little black and white squares that make up QR codes have become exceptionally popular among smartphone users and mobile marketers alike, but as with every commonly used tool that connects with the internet, unscrupulous individuals have now started to make their mark by making some scans harmful. The trend of attacks on PCs is gaining strength with mobile devices as their penetration increases. Malicious QR codes remain rare, but they do exist…

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QR codes and NFC could threaten Samsung smartphones with malicious code

QR Codes and mobile Security

A single line of coding has been discovered that can wipe the devices back to factory settings. The latest mobile news has shaken some owners of Samsung smartphone devices, as they discover that activities as simple as visiting an mcommerce website, scanning QR codes, or using NFC transactions could be enough to wipe all of the saved data and settings from their devices. The tiny piece of coding is enough to return the phones back to their original status. The malicious coding has so far been reported as being able…

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QR codes could be hiding a dark side

QR codes- dark side

Mobile security often cast by the wayside by consumers On the surface, the world of mobile technology may seem benign. Many consumers view smart phones and other mobile devices as valuable tools that can keep them entertained and connected to the world at large. The mobile technology industry is, however, fraught with peril that many are at risk of being exposed to. This peril does not come in a physical form, which is partly why mobile security is often lacking amongst consumers, but could cause a significant amount of distress…

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Malicious QR codes gaining attention in the cyber security industry

QR codes Security

Unassuming codes could link to harmful content QR codes are one of the technologies that have taken the marketing industry by storm. The unassuming, black and white barcodes have begun popping up just about anywhere. Marketers have taken a keen interest in QR codes because of their ability to engage mobile consumers – those with smart phones and other mobile devices. While marketers have proven to be enamored by the mobile technology, consumers have been divided on their use, partly because of reports concerning malicious QR codes. QR codes are…

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Websense discovers malicious QR codes embedded in spam emails

QR Code Security

As QR codes grow in popularity with consumers, malicious codes are becoming much more common. These codes seem unassuming at first glance. Indeed, it is impossible to tell the difference between a legitimate QR code and one linked to harmful content with the naked eye. Even tech-savvy consumers have been having trouble discerning the true nature of some codes. The Websense ThreatSeeker Network, one of the world’s most advance web security networks from Websense Web Security, has found a number of new malicious QR codes that are being sent to…

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