Jul 12, 2016

Is Pokemon Go a security risk for Android users?

I was told that the popular Pokemon Go game that many Android users are playing creates a security risk by gaining access to users’ Google accounts. Is this true? Could this be a problem for BYOD businesses?
If you used a Google account to sign into Pokemon Go, Niantic company who created the game has full access to your Google account. This includes access to all information such as your email, contacts as well as full read and wright access.

To revoke the permissions go to the Google security page https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions?pli=1 select Pokemon Go from the list, and click remove.
The devs released a patch yesterday that fixes this issue. I checked in my apps permission lists, and sure enough, Pokemon Go no longer has access to everything. Press confirmation: http://www.popsci.com/pokemon-go-app-privacy-google-fix

Now it looks like the biggest security issue is running into a big mean dude because you have your head down staring at your screen. Of course, you could be really unlucky and get robbed by criminals using Pokemon Go to lure victims. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/three-people-playing-pokemon-go-robbed-on-maryland-campus/2016/07/13/f1cde84a-4904-11e6-acbc-4d4870a079da_story.html
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