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Beware of Quishing: Protect Yourself from QR Code Scams

Themba Wahlstrom

Jan 15, 20242 min read

Did you know that scammers can use QR codes to trick you? Read on to find out exactly what ‘Quishing is’

QR codes are a part of daily life for many. You've probably seen them on posters, flyers, or even restaurant menus. They can be a handy way to access websites, discounts, or information quickly. But did you know that scammers can use QR codes to trick you? This is known as "quishing," a form of scam that targets innocent people through QR codes.

Quishing might sound like a strange word, but it's a serious issue. Scammers create fake QR codes that, when scanned, lead you to malicious websites or prompt you to share personal information. These fraudulent codes can be placed anywhere, from advertisements to stickers, and even on seemingly legitimate flyers.

So, how can you protect yourself from falling victim to quishing scams? Here are some tips:

  • Be cautious: Before scanning any QR code, take a moment to consider if it seems legitimate. If it looks suspicious or you're unsure about its source, it's better to avoid scanning it.
  • Inspect the source: Check the URL or destination website before scanning. If it seems unfamiliar or the web address looks strange or misspelled, it could be a sign of a scam.
  • Use a QR scanner with built-in security: Download a reputable QR code scanner app that includes security features. Some apps can detect malicious codes and alert you before opening harmful websites.
  • Avoid sharing personal information: Be cautious if a QR code asks for sensitive details like passwords, credit card information, or personal data. Legitimate companies usually don't request this via QR codes.
  • Update your smartphone: Keep your phone's OS and apps up to date. Updates often include security patches that can protect you from new types of scams.

If you suspect you've encountered a dodgy QR code or have been a victim of quishing, report it to the authorities. By doing so, you can help prevent others from falling into the same trap.

Stay safe and mindful while scanning QR codes!

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Themba Wahlstrom

Jan 15, 20242 min read

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