For many PC users, the blue screen of death is the cause of many broken keyboards and for some of us, the irritation of an unstable overclock. But nevertheless it is a necessary alternative to being left in the dark. Microsoft understand this and in effort to make BSODs more reassuring, have added a QR code to the screen that would allow users to reach important tech support articles through their phone.
The idea is proposed naturally with good intentions on Microsoft’s part, as you wouldn’t be able to use the computer with the screen and some users would instinctively reach for their phone to snap a picture anyway. However, currently showcased in the latest Insider Preview of Windows 10, all is not sound with the idea.
Security Concerns over Hackers using QR Code
The issue with the new BSOD is that it provides new ways for hackers and scammers to lure helpless victims into difficult, and often financially frustrating situations. The QR code could be over-written to redirect users to websites other than Microsoft’s own, which could contain scripts and redirects to pages and files that could cause further damage.
Microsoft have only added this to the latest Insider build of Windows 10 and it has not reached the live build yet, they could choose to pull the feature from the operating system, or make it safer. But it’s bad enough to know your computer has thrown a tantrum with work potentially down the pan, best not add insult to injury.