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QR code reading app can help protect and verify academic documents

An introduction to QR codes – secure, safe, reliable

Secure QR codes are the safest and easiest to function tech solutions. You can integrate QR codes with current document issuing systems to control certificate forging. A basic mobile scanner is required for the operation of these QR codes. The moment anyone scans the code, they get to know about the authenticity of the certificate.

Take a look at Certificate components

Just as universities take increasingly sophisticated security measures to protect the integrity of their documents, fraudsters play catch-up and develop their own versions of crests, seals and holograms. If in doubt, check the insignia on the certificate with the university website. Always ask to see the original certificate, not a photocopy. The only sure way of not being conned by a fake certificate, of course, is to check the authenticity of the certificate with the university that issued it.

University location

Fake university websites usually provide contact information, including a postal address. It's a feature that, if excluded, wouldn't go unnoticed. Any doubts about the legitimacy of a dubious-looking university site can be allayed instantly by putting the postcode into Street View.

You might end up finding that the address certainly does not point to the ivy-clad, mullion-windowed establishment the certificate promised. Some fake universities are in serviced offices, car parks and even on traffic roundabouts (sarcasm). Before you even reach the StreetView stage, inconsistencies or insufficiencies in the address may give the game away. A PO Box or mailing house address, for example, is unlikely to be used by a real university.

Utilization of blockchain-based QR coding

Being an educational institution, you can embed a QR code on the certificate with a hash inside the QR code. The point is simple, blockchain-based QR code records are stored permanently. So, documents like course certificates and degrees can be protected and verified, irrespective of if or not a user has access to the record-keeping system of an institution. The thing is, even if the education institution that issued the education certificates got closed, or if the entire education system demolishes, those certificates will still stay demonstrable against the records stored in a blockchain. Furthermore, when education institutions issue a certificate, no further efforts are needed to confirm the legitimacy of that certificate to third parties, as the education certificate can verify itself directly on the blockchain network