How to scan QR Codes for threats with Norton Snap App

Norton Snap

Most of us nowadays tent to use QR codes for sharing links or things like that, but I am sure that many people are still unaware of the danger that can hide behind something as simple as a QR code. Scammers and ill intended people will always want to gain access to the personal data of others, and in a world where smart phones have become mobile computers, they will want to get inside your mobile device. Using an app like the Norton Snap could well save you the hassle of getting your favorite device infected with a virus, worm or other malicious coding.

The Norton Snap app is like another firewall, only designed specifically for QR codes. Since us humans can’t read or make sense of any QR code, an app that can sort the bad ones from the good ones might come in handy. In order to do so, this app sends the website hidden in the code to the Norton Safe web servers and tells you whether the site you scanned is potentially harmful for your device.

Norton Snap was designed to read 2D barcodes, such as QR codes and Data Matrixes, which are fairly common in the Android world. Basically, this Norton Snap is a barcode scanner like every other one out there, but with the added benefit of being able to tell if a site is good or bad.

As any Android app, you will have to agree to some conditions before installing it, and once you have gone past that stage, you will be presented with an interface familiar for any user of barcode scanner app. All you have to do is point the camera towards the QR code and this App will automatically send the website to the Norton Safe web servers and provide you with a rating of the site coded in the QR code and if it is safe it will also give you the direct link. From here on you can just visit the website using your default web browser.

Norton Snap Interface

Norton Snap Interface

If the website inside the QR code is safe, you will also be presented with a couple of handy options, like scanning another code, share it with your friends or even setting up the app so that it automatically goes to the website without any user confirmation.

To summarize, the Norton Snap is a better than ordinary barcode scanner with the added benefit of an extra layer of protection against ill intended people.

If you want to try the app, you can download it for free from the Google Play store by clicking here and test it out to see if it meets your standards.