Unless you have lived in a cave for the last months or so, surely you heard of Pokémon GO. I take that back. Even if you were living in a cave, chances are someone has accidentally entered hoping to find Pikachu.
While the game seems to be everywhere, be aware of some significant risks. In this article, we will cover the risks and suggested actions to moderate them.
One way to register and create a Pokémon GO account involves using your Google Gmail account (existing) as a channel. As a result, you have given effective access to that account to the creators of Pokémon GO, Niantic Labs. It has been erroneously reported that Niantic has free access to the game, but that does not seem to be true. The company has a more restricted access requesting only a small amount of Google information.
However, it is important to note that the information that you access, an organization is not necessarily accessing the same information. But, the information could be accessed in the future. In other words, although Niantic intended only access to a small amount of data, actually it has the ability to access more.
The situations that cause particular concern are those that involve the possibility of Niantic suffer an external hack or an employee with authorized access does decide to abuse the access they already have.
The simplest way to eliminate this risk is to create a secondary email account that is dedicated to Pokémon GO. Furthermore, you should avoid mixing data from that dedicated account to your primary Gmail account. Other risks that should be considered are installing versions of unauthorized access of the Pokémon GO application or applications that claim to help some way with the game.
If you download the application or any other help application, be sure to do so through official channels, such as the Google Play Store or iTunes Store. Moreover, you should exercise caution if it appears that the application is not popular or if it only uses a small number of people.
Beyond cybersecurity risks, there are physical security risks associated with Pokémon GO. As users roam with impunity obsessed with finding a Charizard, they may not take into account the physical environment around them, whether that involves walking along the edge of a cliff or reach unsafe neighborhoods.
If the number of users assets is any indicator, Pokémon GO is clearly addictive game. It is one such game that mixes the physical world with virtual world exceptionally. But as with all new technology concept, you should be aware of the difficulties. I hope you keep in mind these caveats I mentioned while striving to catch a Pokémon.