It’s safe to say that Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm this summer, with millions of people downloading the mobile game to date.
While there are many benefits in getting gamers moving, the security industry has experienced a number of concerns as gamers go to great lengths to ‘catch them all.’
Authorities in Iran recently banned the mobile app; a decision taken by the High Council of Virtual Spaces, the official body overseeing online activity. Although Iran is the first country to enforce restriction on Pokémon Go, many countries internationally have expressed concerns as the game has proven to be controversial – with some users disregarding safety warnings, causing car crashes, and even serious injuries.
The game has resulted in a rise in trespassing on properties to obtain their characters in need. Paladin Security Officers remain vigilant in supporting our clients and teams from coast to coast through open communication and training.
We have advised clients to notify their own employees to be extra observant and report trespassers immediately. The video game maker may be facing an increase in liability issues as game participation rises further. We may see fixes for some of the more egregious issues where Pokémon are found on private property, but for now, we will work together to continue the safety of our properties.
For those who have jumped on to the Pokémon Go bandwagon, you should continue to protect your personal security.
We've listed some useful tips on how to stay safe online while tracking down Pikachu!
Download only from reputable app stores
Only download the commonly downloaded versions as there are malware-laden versions floating around. Stick with Apple and Google app stores only.
Do not sign in with Google
By granting permission through Google, you will give the app astounding levels of access to your Google account. The latest version of the game addresses this matter, but using secondary accounts come with privacy considerations.
Bring a buddy, stay in public places
The hunt for your favourite characters may take you into areas you are unfamiliar with. There have been numerous reports worldwide of children wandering off and gamers getting mugged. Bring a friend along for safety and perhaps strategy!
Even with a buddy along, use each other as safety support. Virtual monsters are not worth life and limb – or getting arrested. Don’t let the excitement of the chase lure you into doing something you’ll regret!