It’s likely by now that you have heard of the new game craze called Pokemon Go that was released on July 6, 2016, that is unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week or so.
Pokemon Go allows players to capture, battle and train virtual Pokemon who appear throughout the real world. It works by using GPS on your smart phone and the camera of compatible devices. This post explains what Pokemon Go in a bit more detail than what I’ve given here.
What I find hilarious is the fact that people who are playing this game are getting hurt while doing so by walking into signs, fire hydrants, and other objects because they aren’t paying attention where they are walking. In fact I feel the game might be so dangerous that somebody could even get killed while playing it by walking into traffic.
But those aren’t the only dangers in the game as The Guardian reported stating that players who signed up for the game in fact potentially gave Niantic Labs full access to google accounts where they can go as far as to read & send e-mail, access, edit and delete documents in google drive, google photos, and they can even access browser & map history. While I don’t believe Niantic Labs has intentionally sought to gain access to users personal data it is still worrying to me that this type of thing is possibly in this day in age where security is on almost everybody’s mind.
I’m sure Niantic Labs and google will sort out the Pokemon Go security issues with google accounts soon & users likely won’t have to do anything on their end to fix the security issue.
So what are u waiting for? Go download Pokemon Go and watch where u walk and don’t get hit by a car!