More than half of US consumers who own a smart phone say they will use their device for holiday-shopping activities – including researching products, redeeming coupons, or buying holiday gifts, McAfee reports. New versions target QR codes, a digital bar code consumers scan with smart phones to find deals or learn about products.
But malicious QR codes affixed on top of legitimate codes could compromise a phone's security. Only about 23 percent of smart phone users having enabled security software, according to a report this summer by Global Industry Analysts. Be sure your smart phone has updated security software.