It has been the year 2021 but people continue to infect their smartphones with malware while trying to scan QR codes. The most recent incident of this kind was with Barcode Scanner, a harmless Android application that turned into malware arc.
Cybersecurity researchers at Malwarebytes say ten million users were unfortunately affected by this virus. Unfortunately, applications that scan the QR code in the Play Store may contain malware. So, what should Android users do about it?
According to the research; Samsung users were minimally affected by malware transmitted from the QR code. Because the camera application of Galaxy phones can automatically scan QR codes. If your phone’s camera application has a feature to read the QR code, you should avoid 3rd party applications.
Even the original One UI version based on Android 9 Pie offered matrix barcode recognition alongside its apps like QR-based Wi-Fi sharing. Basically, all you have to do is point your phone’s Camera at a barcode or QR code to scan it and click the link that appears on the screen. Alternatively, you can pull up the notification shade and tap an icon that says Scan QR code no matter where it’s sitting.
According to Malwarebytes reports; Popular QR code reader apps can be compromised or sold to malicious owners and host ad SDKs used for free monetization. Therefore, it is useful to use the application that is integrated into the phone. Almost this feature is available on all Android phones sold in the last 2-3 years.