SQR codes

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Example of a normal QR code (This page), not SQR
Another example of a QR code, not SQR

Secure Quick Response codes or SQR codes are secure two dimensional barcodes with high data density, based on QR codes.[1]

Secure Quick Response codes are a secure method for encrypting data into a barcode. It makes it extremely difficult to decode into the original plain text in the absence of the encryption cipher or key. A typical implementation of SQR codes would be to create a one-time use SQR code on a mobile phone's screen to effectively create a highly secure one-time pad type of encryption of, for example, an online account number.

A typical implementation is to encrypt and use a precursor physical machine readable token such as the card identity number (CID) written in read-only memory (ROM) of a Secure Digital microSD card contained in a mobile telephone. The international mobile identity number may be used where no microSD card is present, for example, on an Apple iPhone.

SQR codes may be securely read in a retail environment at the point of sale using 2D barcode scanners or even a low cost web camera. Secure Quick Response codes were first developed by Yodo, a company operating in Japan, and are patent pending.

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  1. Goel, Nishant; Sharma, Ajay; Goswami, Sudhir (May 2017). "A way to secure a QR code: SQR". 2017 International Conference on Computing, Communication and Automation (ICCCA): 494–497. doi:10.1109/CCAA.2017.8229850. ISBN 978-1-5090-6471-7. S2CID 223083.