QR Code Dangers

Currently QR Codes have a positive image.

They are fascinating, fresh technology, and open up all sorts of new opportunities for consumers, businesses, and organizations. How long until this happy image is gone? People always seem to find faults in everything, so I am sure it is only a matter of time before the possible dangers of QR codes are exposed.

Parent Worries:

 Along with the freeness on the interest and information sharing capabilities, parents and consumers have to be more cautious than ever. We need to remember that kids are more involved and familiar with new technologies than we are, they know how to navigate their way around and can do so in rather a quick manner. This poses a lot of skeptic questions that may arise in some parents concerned about their children’s safety. The transformation from traditional cell phones to the modern day smart phone is inevitable and soon enough they will be the only type of phone available on the market. With constant access to the Internet and information sharing technology, kids and teens are more prone to online predators. The new Facebook app that allows you to “check in” and share you location not only lets predators know where you are and whom you are with (and if you are alone or not). That app also allows a gateway for burglars and criminals, knowing when you are not home and how long you will be gone for.

What about QR codes that can send R rated and graphic messages. These are free standing images with no sort of controls or verification of the scanners age. For QR Codes there must be a way to set parental controls and limit the amount of access children have to information sharing with others.

Standard Consumer Worries:

QR code technology is fairly new and has yet to be exposed to the Internet scams that have already taken over websites and email addresses. People may also be able to send computer viruses through QR codes, by placing infected or faulty QR codes in malls to be scanned by passerbies. Identity theft is also a huge worry with scanning codes and sharing information over the Internet between your phone and the company’s QR code tracking inventory. People have already been known to hack personal accounts over the internet, file transfers, phones, and now what is to say they cannot through QR Codes?

With the new technology it is important that we stay fully aware that no technology is “safe”. Always be skeptical of codes that are not printed with a name brand attached to them or appear in a strange area like on a bathroom stall. Parents may also apply parental controls on their children’s phone not allowing them to share information and connect to the Internet. Hopefully there will be a way that stores can insure us with safety and policies for when we scan their code, that our personal information remains confidential.

I do not like to bring down and criticize new technology because I highly encourage new innovations all the time and I find them extremely fascinating. But parents have these worries for the safety of their children and for the safety of their savings and personal identity.

Just something to think about, email me if you have any further comments, opinions or suggestions you would like me to include!