QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly)

QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly)

By SECUSO Research Group

QR Codes turn out to be increasingly more essential. In some areas they've even changed the normal barcode. A QR Code is ready to retailer up to seven thousand characters and due to this fact is certified for extra complicated content material, e.g. vCards. Hence nowadays QR Codes can these days be discovered on practically every commercial poster and animate the user to scan it with his smartphone. Thus, it is now not necessary take a hand written observe, it is sufficient to scan the QR Code. Correspondingly, there are already many QR Code scanner apps available within the Google Play Store. It belongs to the Privacy Friendly Apps group developed by the research group SECUSO at Technische Universität Darmstadt. More information can be discovered an secuso.org/pfa

Our Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App differs with respect to two elements:

1. The Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App only requires the minimal amount of permissions, particularly:

• In category Camera/Microphone: Camera

The digital camera is used to scan QR Code.

• In class Other: Vibrate and Flashlight

The vibration is used to provide feedback if the scan was profitable. The flashlight is used to assist the digital camera in studying the QR Code successfully in unhealthy lighting circumstances.

Most of the QR Code scanner apps obtainable in the Google Play Store need a number of permissions on prime of the ones wanted: e.g. studying contacts or your name log and retrieving data from the Internet. Most of these necessities aren't needed for the functionality they actually are supposed to provide.

2. The Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App supports its users in detecting malicious hyperlinks: QR Codes present new prospects for an attacker, as QR Codes can include malicious hyperlinks, i.e. hyperlinks to phishing webpages or webpages from which malware would automatically be downloaded. Therefore it is important to fastidiously verify the link before accessing the corresponding webpage. Since it's difficult for the user to identify malicious hyperlinks, the Privacy friendly QR Scanner App helps the user by highlighting the area (e.g. in that case for https://www.secuso.org, secuso.org can be highlighted). To avoid not checking the hyperlink and particularly the highlighted domain fastidiously, the app provides information about attainable fraud and its customers want to substantiate that they checked the hyperlink and it's reliable. Note, the information shown after scanning an URL based mostly QR Code just isn't personalized for each URL. Hence, it should be considered as an recommendation for the user tips on how to behave normally.

Similar to other obtainable QR Code scanning apps, the Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App helps the following codecs:

• text

• product codes

• cellphone number

• sms

• email address

• e-mail

• contact information (e.g. vCards)


• WiFi (limited: can't connect with network automatically)

Bar codes are also supported.

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