Officials in Quebec are warning people to be aware of phone apps that are made to look exactly like the one used for the province’s COVID-19 immunization passport.
The visual designed for the VaxiCode app has been duplicated and utilized in look-alike apps permitted for download on Google Play, according to a statement released by the province health ministry on Saturday.
Authorities have asked Google to have the look-alike apps removed from its app store, according to the statement.
Officials claim that this has no bearing on the security or integrity of the government’s VaxiCode software, which, unlike the imitation apps, does not contain adverts and does not require access to the phone camera.
The government’s release said people need to make sure that when downloading the correct app, to search for the exact “VaxiCode” name on app stores with no accents and no words before or after.
As for merchants who download the verification version, the goverment says they need to download “VaxiCode Verif,” also without accents or words before or after.