Preventing Counterfeit Degrees: How Secure QR Codes Protect Academic Credentials

Solution for a Global Education Crisis


The global rise in counterfeit academic degrees and certifications has become a growing concern for educational institutions, employers, and individuals alike. With technology making it easier to create and distribute fake documents, finding innovative ways to protect the integrity of genuine academic credentials has become crucial. In this blog post, we explore how Qryptal’s Secure QR Code technology provides a powerful solution to prevent counterfeit degrees and ensure the authenticity of academic records.

The Problem with Fake Degrees:

Counterfeit academic degrees and certificates undermine the education system’s credibility and create unfair competition in the job market. In addition, fake degrees can lead to unqualified individuals occupying positions they are not suited for, which can have dangerous consequences, especially in fields like healthcare and engineering.

How Secure QR Codes Help:

Qryptal’s Secure QR Code technology offers a simple yet highly effective way to safeguard academic credentials. By embedding a tamper-proof QR code on electronic and printed certificates, degrees, and transcripts, educational institutions can ensure the authenticity and credibility of their graduates' qualifications.

Key Features of Qryptal’s Secure QR Codes for Academic Credentials:

1. Enhanced Security: Qryptal’s Secure QR Codes are based on PKI, with a key size equivalent of 3072 bits, ensuring a high level of security, surpassing typical internet banking standards.

2. Offline Verification: Since the Secure QR Code is self-contained, there is no need for network connectivity to validate the information, allowing for verification anytime and anywhere, including secure air-gapped environments.

3. Seamless Integration: Qryptal’s Secure QR Code solution easily plugs into existing document production systems, making it convenient for educational institutions to adopt without disrupting their current processes.

4. Privacy Protection: Qryptal’s technology safeguards the privacy and confidentiality of students and institutions simply and logically.

5. Dual Compatibility: Secure QR Codes work for electronic and printed documents, ensuring the same security and verification capabilities for both formats.

Real-World Impact:

By incorporating Qryptal's Secure QR Code technology, educational institutions can effectively protect the integrity of their degrees and transcripts. In addition, employers and other stakeholders can easily verify the authenticity of academic credentials by scanning the QR code with a smartphone app, eliminating doubts about the document's validity.
A good example is Ashoka University in India, which has galloped ahead in the industry by searching for an encrypted secure QR code solution that ticks all the boxes. They had earlier implemented QR code solutions to secure mark sheets and transcripts. However, with e-convocation and electronic degree certificates/scroll, their transition to an end-to-end solution to secure their documents is complete.

You can download the Ashoka Case Study here.


As the threat of counterfeit academic degrees continues to grow, educational institutions need to adopt robust solutions like Qryptal’s Secure QR Code technology. By ensuring the authenticity and security of academic credentials, institutions can safeguard their reputation and maintain trust in the education system while providing employers and individuals with the confidence that their qualifications are genuine and verifiable.

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