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QR Codes: Scanner Beware

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QR, or quick response, codes are barcode-like images that you scan with your mobile devices. Often found on billboards and other outdoor advertisements, scanning these codes points your mobile device to a website or app that will provide more information on the advertised product. However, some hackers have begun using QR codes as a way to direct you to fraudulent websites or infect your phone with malware that will harvest passwords from your device or rack up extensive SMS charges on your phone bill.

For more information on QR codes and what to keep in mind before scanning them, see the following articles:

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