A QR code, those squares full of smaller squares that you can scan with your phone to open a web page, are commonly used today. However, you can't tell what file or web page a QR code will open until you scan it, and even then the link displayed may not give you much of a clue. The link may be shortened, point to an unfamiliar location, or point to a site that automatically redirects you elsewhere.  

Read the Download NYU's IT newsletter article to learn more about staying secure when using QR codes. QR Codes: Don't Scan a Scam

  • Don't install an app you get by scanning a QR code
  • Check for tampering, especially in an outdoor location
  • If someone tells you it's urgent, don't do it