Many establishments, especially restaurants, are switching to offering a scannable QR code instead of a traditional menu. Why? Are they really that much better? And perhaps more importantly, are QR codes safe?
What is a QR Code?
Before we go any further into discussing the safety and security of a QR code, let’s first explore what a QR code is. QR code is short for “quick response” code. Essentially, a QR code works in the same way as a barcode at the grocery store (but better). It is a machine-scannable image that can instantly be read using a smartphone camera. Any smartphone camera that has QR scanning capabilities will be able to scan a Sprouter QR code. Every QR code consists of a number of black squares and dots, representing certain pieces of information.
Sprouter QR codes are scannable with any smartphone camera. It’s the menu solution you’ve been looking for! Your patrons can scan a QR code to read your menu offerings, eliminating your need to constantly print and replace physical menus. Don’t be fooled though; this is much more than just a menu.
Are QR Codes Safe?
While they may look simple, QR codes are capable of storing lots of data. You wouldn’t just put your personal credit card information and social security number into a random website, right? The same mindset applies to QR codes.
QR codes are generally nothing more than web links. A patron in your restaurant scans a QR code and is taken to a digital form of your menu. People should approach scanning a QR code with the same caution one exercises when you see a web link in an email or text message. Unless you know and trust the source, following the link generated by the QR code can lead to a malicious landing page or a sophisticated scam.
There is good news, though. QR code technology has no security flaws and QR codes cannot be hacked. The security risks that some people associate with QR codes, including phishing, hacking, or malware, don’t stem from QR code technology itself but from the final destination of each code. A third party with ill intent could hack the web page, connect malicious software, or steal data. Because humans cannot read QR codes, this is all done by computers.
It’s important to note that the answer is yes, QR codes are safe! We recommend keeping your website, the place where your QR code will send your patrons, as safe and secure as possible. If your web page is secure, the QR code will be too. It’s as simple as that!
How Sprouter can Help
Don’t worry if this seems a little confusing or overwhelming to you. Spouter can help! If you own a restaurant you need Sprouter. Our team of industry experts is here to help you with all of your QR code needs.