Norton Snap QR Code ReaderVendor: Symantec Cost: Free in the Apple App Store, free in the Android Market
QR codes are everywhere these days. They're used in all kinds of advertising so that consumers can point, shoot, and browse the advertiser's web site. However, that's a key thing to keep in mind: QR codes are nothing but links to web sites in disguise. You're sort of making a leap of faith when you snap a QR code that you'll go where you think you're going. Because of this ambiguity, QR codes are ripe for abuse.
Symantec has an answer. The Norton Snap QR Code Reader aims to make it a bit safer to use QR codes by intercepting the code and checking whether or not the destination is a safe one. Nefarious sites are blocked, thus protecting the user from potential unintended consequences.
In the figures below, see the Android and iOS versions of the Norton Snap QR Code Reader app respectively.Figure H
Norton Snap QR Code Reader for AndroidFigure I
Norton Snap QR Code Reader for iOS
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