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Attackers use QR codes to obscure nefarious links, tricking users into navigating to a page which infects their computer.
QR codes have been popular for the last decade, but their use exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses replaced paper resources with web pages, making them easily reachable by scanning a QR code.
Similar to email phishing attacks, simply opening a QR-based link can trigger a malware download or trick a user into entering their credentials. TinyURLs may further obfuscate the page's address, which may have otherwise been recognized as "suspicious".
Unfortunately, the only way to ensure your safety with QR codes is to avoid using them. Given their current popularity, complete avoidance may not be feasible. At the very least one should verify the link presented on the device prior to navigating to the desired page.
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