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What may be lurking in QR codes?QR codes are everywhere, from magazines to signs and billboards. Pretty much anyone can create a QR codes. But while QR codes make it easy to connect with legitimate Web sites, they also make it easy for hackers to distribute malware. Jonas Tichenor...
No doubt you've seen the design that little box. Maybe you've even -- and want. Those funky little squares called QR codes short for quick response it's a hyper link that takes you and your Smart -- from a magazine or street sign. To a web page. So here's how it works your Smartphone takes a picture of the code and then response to an embedded link that takes you to a new location somewhere on the web. Just exactly where those hidden lines of code or taking you you really don't know. A worst case scenario is you install -- -- -- on your phone that does a variety of things one. Anything that you send us an email or you type in your phone is then transmitted to the hacker it's become the goats -- gadget for marketing especially in real estate. It's very inexpensive to implement. It has a high potential rich well all that low investment and about 75%. Of retailers now offer customers this -- technology. According to a recent study. Some companies are setting up secure data centers to prevent hackers from infecting -- codes. But is the public really all that concerns. Now I don't analyze it and I am a separate but linked to my -- what kind of information. Backed company look at that he's getting hair and -- and information about rather -- businesses or companies that. I mean it is kinda scary but technology is the lake back but I -- -- Whether you've used to Q our code link or not. These are the things to keep in mind before you give it ago if you see -- of sticker on the side of a street. Don't scan it if you see something on -- random door. Don't just scan it you know what don't don't close strangers while there been no reported cases of que -- code hack attacks. According to the US government. It's not a matter of if but when it. In San Francisco Jonas tuition -- cnet.com. For CBS news.