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What You Need To Know About Pokemon Go And Your Security.

Pokemon Go, as explained in a previous article, comes with huge risks that every player should consider. The popular game has been been described as a “hacker’s dream come true”. Do you want to know why? Read along.

‘When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account,’ Google revealed on its support page.

‘This “Full account access” privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.’

Image: POKEMON GO, a “hacker’s dream come true”.

Unfortunately, most people around the world will never get this information until the worst thing happens to them.

Daily Mail confirmed that it took only a day after the app was released, and Pokemon Go was installed on more Android devices than Tinder [the popular dating app].

Pokemon Go was released on July 6th but the game is reportedly threatening to overtake Twitter in number of active users.

Not only has the game surpassed the dating app, but players are spending more time trying to catch Pokémon in the real world than they are using other popular apps, including WhatsApp and Instagram, noted the report.

Shares in Nintendo soared earlier in July with its market-value rising up to $7.5 billion in just two days as investors cheered the runaway success of Pokémon Go – its first long-awaited venture in mobile gaming. 

Meanwhile, DailyMail confirms from experts who said that Pokemon Go which has taken America and other countries by storm is dangerous, adding that millions of iPhone users have unknowingly given away access to their Google accounts and email search history by signing up using Google.

Pokemon Go allows players to flit between the real and virtual world to capture different creatures which appear on phone screens in a number of real-life locations (the map of the game is pictured above). However, experts have warned that iOS users of Pokémon Go are putting themselves at risk by signing up using Google.

Image: File Photo

Security expert Adam Reeve said he first noticed the issue signing in online, the report added.

‘On a whim I went to see which permissions it was granted,’ he wrote.

‘To say I was a little stunned is putting it lightly : Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account.

‘I obviously don’t think Niantic are planning some global personal information heist. 

‘This is probably just the result of epic carelessness.

‘But I don’t know anything about Niantic’s security policies. I don’t know how well they will guard this awesome new power they’ve granted themselves, and frankly I don’t trust them at all.

‘I’ve revoked their access to my account, and deleted the app. 

‘I really wish I could play, it looks like great fun, but there’s no way it’s worth the risk.’

FURTHER INFORMATION THAT CAN BE ACCESSED BY POKEMON GO INCLUDES:

  • All your email, inlcuding the ability to send email as you
  • All your Google drive documents (including deleting them)
  • Search history and Maps navigation history
  • Access to private photos stored in Google Photos

You are advised to consider the risks to your life, finances and more, if you must join the bandwagon.

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