Everyone’s downloaded Pokemon Go. I have, you have, no doubt everyone I know has at least considered it. It’s a boon for Nintendo; the company’s worth $5 billion dollars more than they were a few weeks ago. It’s a boon for Niantic Labs and Alphabet Company (Google’s parent), because they’re behind the hottest game on the market. It’s definitely a boon for the Pokemon Company, because their first mobile game is as hugely successful as their many portable video games. However, it might not be safe. Sure, people are running into stuff and falling and wandering into traffic in pursuit of Pokemon, but there’s another concern. Pokemon Go has access to all kinds of personal information, including emails and social media posts.
That’s troublesome. I’ve looked at my phone and made sure Pokemon Go’s access is limited, but it’s not really Android users that have to worry; Apple users are the ones in most danger. The Android version of Pokemon Go doesn’t get full access to your personal information, but the Apple version does. Given that Pokemon is a good target for hackers, you might want to check our permissions very carefully.
If you have signed into Google to play Pokemon on your iPhone, your best solution is the nuclear option.
“Revoke permissions through Google and uninstall the app,” cybersecurity expert Adam Reeve told CNet Australia.
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