Hijack Google’s Favorite Places QR Code?

Google recently sent out favorite places window decals with unique QR Codes to 100,000 businesses and I commented on the Favorite Places advertising video at the time.

I have also posted on QR Code hijacking in QR Code Switch and QR Code Spam.

What if the two came together? Businesses could for example paste an alternative QR Code over the QR Code on their decal. They might do this because they would rather point to a page on their website with more information or features than available on Google’s Favorite Places. The page on their website could still have a link to their Google entry for the reviews and coupons but would have additional information as well.

They may also perceive an advantage in that using Google Analytics on their website will enable them to have some idea of the success or otherwise in the placement of their decal.

For example the QR Code in the image below resolves to a mobilized version of this page via a redirect for Google Analytics stats but it could of course point to anywhere.

Hijacked QR Code

2 thoughts on “Hijack Google’s Favorite Places QR Code?”

  1. Or…they could create a code using the Indirect Method, register it with an Ecosystem (Neustar) so it is safe and secure, and then switch up the code whenever they want.

  2. Or…they could create a code using the Indirect Method, register it with an Ecosystem (Neustar) so it is safe and secure, and then switch up the code whenever they want.

    Why would anyone do that? The advantages are….?

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