Is Pokémon Go a ‘No Go’ for businesses?

22 Jul, 2016

Pokémon fever has (re-)swept the nation following the release of an augmented reality app, allowing users to catch Pokémon in their own back yards and beyond.

It’s been installed 15 million times and currently has more daily users than WhatsApp, Instagram and Tinder. In the US, people are now spending more time on the geo-caching game than on the Facebook Mobile App. It might be some harmless fun but are there hidden dangers to trying to catch ‘em all?

The app has been a huge success for its creators and Nintendo, with Pokémon Go being released in 35 countries. Pokémon Go has been great for revitalising their business but does the game pose an information security risk to yours?

Possible security risks include:

  • Gamers downloading the app from unverified app stores following Nintendo’s non-global release. (The game was released in the US, Australia and New Zealand before the UK, with impatient fans in the UK downloading the game from unverified stores).
  • Fake (or “Rogue”) apps which hold malware and remote access tools. Cyber criminals can create a replica app to download which looks exactly like the real-thing. These however can burn you more than your average Charizard.
  • Accessing of Google accounts. The app’s privacy settings mean that currently it can access the content of your Google accounts.
  • Encourage employees not to sign up with a work email address – you are potentially giving someone access to your business information.

To find out more about cyber security and information security processes please contact us on 01905 670303 or email info@isoqsltd.com.

Sources: Data Breach Today, The Hacker News, CNBC, The Guardian

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