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Near field communication, (NFC) and QR codes have issues. Even though they will change the future of smart phone use, they still have some issues that users must both acknowledge and address.

QR codes are the way that devices communicate with one another. Their use allows the chips that are already built into these phones, to be used. It originated in Japan. There it was originally used by the auto industry. Once they become the norm, they can easily be used to effectively make communication a means to exchange information. There is a two dimensional code that is scanned though hardware, like smart phones, to identify things. They are owned by Denso Wave. The first documented use was in 1994 by Toyota for maintaining inventory of their vehicles.

The issues for QR codes are regarding the security of the connected sites that the code connects. If the site contains malicious code, then the phone is damaged or compromised. This renders the codes a hazard when proper implementation of security is not installed. That can be fixed by using passwords on the phone and encrypting the codes.

NFC allows devices to communicate through wireless. It is only possible when the items are near one another. This technology allows purchases to be made through a simple tapping of cell phones. These were first seen in 2004, when Nokia joined with Philips and Sony to develop this technology. In 2006, the Nokia 6131 was released. In 2010, the Samsung Nexus S was also released.

When NFC is used to make payments or identify a person or product, the encryption is very important. Like the ATM’s of today, many owners fail to change the basic pass code. Hackers know this and can attack the technology and gain identification and money. When security measures are in place though, this slows the hackers down. They have to crack the encrypted information before they can gain access. Like computers of today, the key is to use solid encryption for security. Change that often and only access sites that are known to be safe. This common sense approach can easily prevent issues from happening when the technology is used.

The second issues are the implementation factor. While this technology is more widely used than before, the promise of the future implementation is not a sure thing. This makes many investors hesitant to implement and use the technology.

The future of QR and NFC technology is bright as long as the popularity continues to spread across the globe. Consistent encryption and security measures will continue to make this form of communication and tracking a thing to take into consideration for business and database transmission. It reduces low-level fraud for identification, as it is very difficult to copy this type of transmission effectively. The consistent updates make it more dependable overall as well. This consistent information exchange is the key to success for the future of QR codes and NFC technology.

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