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.
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