Your Favorite Smartphone Game Downloads are Not Safe
July 29, 2016 | Augmented Reality, Personal Data, Security
Augmented reality (AR) smartphone game, Pokémon Go, got launched in several markets few days ago. The game turned out as an instant hit everywhere. The number of downloads of Pokémon Go game in first few days after the launch, easily surpassed some of the most-downloaded apps such as Twitter till July 6th. In the U.S. the game got downloaded 7.5 million times within a week after it was launched.
The buzz created by the monster-haunting game provided a boost to copycats in countries like China where regulatory hurdles blocked the entry of Pokémon Go. The game is not available on the internet even as several social media sites remain blocked. However, downloading of games akin to Pokémon Go, have multiplied in China amid the growing craze for the game.
Security concerns, however, need a closer look. The game is officially available in three countries now: The U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.
The enthusiasm for this game is mind-boggling though. Downloads are rampant in every corner of the world. What it suggests is that people are downloading illegal app installation files from the internet. This might be extremely risky as downloading of apps from unreliable, unsecured, and unverified sources typically infects your devices with malicious codes.
Another security and privacy related concern is that while installing Pokémon Go from the official website, downloaders need to agree to full account access to their Google accounts. Experts worry that this could compromise users’ personal data as it will give access to emails and Google Drive Documents.
Having said that; no untoward incident related to personal information breach surfaced so far. However, downloaders need to be vigilant about these security concerns while they install AR games on smartphones.
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