We have heard about how people are concerned about the safety of scanning quick response codes. This especially after news of fake and malware sites and so-called QR code viruses spread like wildfire via the Internet.
Now, Symantec has found a way to allay your fears.
The Mountain View, California-based information security firm has just released an app that warns iPhone users of malware, phishing and other dangerous websites from scanned QR codes. Called the Norton Snap QR Code Reader, this first-of-its-kind app is free and is available in the U.S. App Store for a limited time.
Symantec developed the app because, while it recognizes the value of QR codes and their ability to help people get information easily and conveniently, it also is aware that the two-dimensional barcodes make it easy for the bad guys to attack the user’s mobile device, steal his or her identity, and access personal information. And since QR codes hide links and do not really give people a hint of the websites they resolve to, therefore not giving people an idea of whether the online content is safe or dangerous, Symantec came up with a way to warn users if a code is harmful.
The Norton Snap QR Code Reader is currently the only QR code scanner in the apps market that checks the safety of websites before they even load on your mobile device. It automatically scans a code and lets you know if it will take you to a malicious or fake site that is intended to scam visitors.
In addition, the app identifies reliable sites and allows you to visit them instantly, while blocking those harmful ones before they load on your phone. The app also expands shortened URLs so you can get an idea of where a link would lead you before you could click on it.
To inform users of a website’s level of safety, the app shows an easy-to-read rating icon. Clicking on this rating icon will take you to the Norton Safe Website, which will give you comprehensive information about the site, the safety and security issues found, and the site’s country of origin.
To top it all off, the app also helps you send a quick message to friends or online contacts informing them about the sites or links worth visiting and those that are not.
More articles in this topic
Talk about marketing and you will get differing opinions on what works and what is effective. We have seen a lot of success stories as far as marketing is concerned, and this one is no exception. Martell Noblige Cognac brought together different types of marketing to come up with its latest campaign. The theme for […]Read more
When it comes to the environment, we all have to pitch in. While it is best to minimize the amount of waste we produce, there is still garbage that we have to take care of. One of the best ways to dispose garbage is to segregate it. You can always sell recyclable materials such as […]Read more
Parents of kids with autism have many fears. One of them is losing their kids as they wander off to some place they are not familiar with. QR codes have been helping parents with autistic kids. It is a fact that most kids with autism will wander and get lost with their parents. It happened […]Read more
- QR Codes and Bitcoins
- Star Gazing...The App Way
- T-Shirts Encourage the Youth to Register
- QR Code Briefs: More of What’s Happening to QR Codes
- QR Codes Make Wedding Invitations More High Tech
- More Tips on How to Do Your QR Code Direct Mail Marketing
- Pretty-Up Your Codes
- Getting Ahead in Education: QR Codes
- Fendi’s In It "QR Codes"
- Test-Drive A Home Even Before The First Visit
Google Android news and discussion.
Deliver latest top technology stories and breaking IT news
Near Field Communication (NFC) news, ideas, projects and technologies.
QR Code, Datamatrix and other two dimensional barcode news and analysis.
Tips, advices, how-to's and DIYs for the latest technologies.