The FTC Claims That QR Codes Are A Security Nightmare
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a blog post last week alerting readers to the possibility that fraudulent actors may use QR codes to conceal connections that could lead to data theft.
In other cases, fraudsters have replaced the parking meter's QR code with their own, thus the article warns readers of the possibility of being attacked in several ways.
Additional techniques mentioned by the FTC include the common email phishing frauds that include exaggerated demands on users' part for account password changes.
Claiming to have problems with product delivery, some have impersonated Amazon.
Furthermore mentioned by the agency is the possibility of customer phones being silently infected with malware using QR codes.
QR codes are a security nightmare, according to FTC
So how can you protect yourself?
Beware of downloading QR scanners from the app store. QR scanners are integrated into the cameras of Apple and most Android devices.
Furthermore, customers should exercise caution while scanning QR codes from unexpected sources, according to the FTC.
Also, avoid responding to emails that convey a feeling of urgency.
Finally, the FTC advises adopting two-factor authentication and strong online passwords on all devices and accounts as protection.