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Why Pokémon GO Poses a Major Security Threat

July 15, 2016

If you've been keeping up with the media recently, then surely you've heard about the new game that's sweeping the nation – Pokémon GO. In the short time since its release, this game has become immensely popular among people of all ages. In fact, the game's success has been so great that it caused Nintendo's market value to rise by $7.5 billion in a matter of days.

So what could possibly be the issue with this innocent game in which you walk around and “catch” fictional creatures on your smartphone? The problem stems not from the content of the game but from the fact that when you download it, you automatically grant the game full access to your Google account. This provides access to your emails, allows emails to be sent from your account, offers the ability to see and edit anything in your Google Drive, shows your search history and more.

What's worse, hackers have caught on to this defect and launched malicious versions of the game which can give them complete control of your device if you unknowingly download one of them. Clearly, this poses a severe risk to your security, especially if you keep information such as credit card numbers stored on your device. Not to mention if you play Pokémon GO on your work device, you'll also be putting your company's data at risk for fraud.

How to Work Around the Security Issue

Niantic, the creator of Pokémon GO, has assured players that it is currently working to fix this colossal issue. Until they successfully do so, our Chester County IT security company recommends taking one of the following actions if you'd like to continue playing Pokémon GO without compromising your personal security:

  1. Change your settings. Log into your Google account and click on “My Account.” Under the “Sign-in & security” tab, click on “Connected apps & sites.” Next, hit “Manage Apps” and click the “Remove” button for Pokémon GO Release and any other apps which you don't want to have full access to your account. Once you've completed these steps, open the app on your device and make sure that it still works. Just be aware that this option may erase your past game data.
  2. Make a blank Google account. If you'd like to take an easier approach, simply create a new Google account with nothing on it and use it when you download the app. This way, your personal information won't be at risk. 

By following these tips, you'll be able to enjoy playing Pokémon GO without worrying about security breaches.

Trust Our Chester County IT Company for Security Solutions

While we're on the subject of cybercrime, we'd like to tell you a little bit about the security solutions our IT company in Chester County offers. Whether your company deals with big data, website hosting or social media accounts, our data center is equipped to constantly monitor and protect your information from cyber threats. To guarantee that your data is always secure, we perform continuous data center quality checks and offer the military-grade encryption you'd expect from a Fortune-100 organization (but at a much lower price!).

Interested in learning more about Alura? Give us a call at 844-558-7200, and we'll be happy to tell you about what we can do as your IT security company in Chester County. And if you'd like to learn about why NetAudit is an essential part of Lehigh County IT security, check out our blog post from last week. We hope you've found the information in this post to be useful, and we look forward to showing you why we're the IT company Chester County businesses love!

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