25 October 2016Last updated

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How to protect yourself while playing Pokemon Go

Scammers targeting players through social media, Trojans

17 Jul 2016 | 03:20 pm
  • Source:Phocal Media

The number of minutes the average iOS user of the app spent playing ‘Pokemon Go’ on a single day was calculated to be 33.4 minutes. The game is obviously the most popular one released so far.

Within just a few weeks the mobile game has become a global sensation, but with such success comes the flip side – the unwanted attention of scammers and attackers.

According to a new Symantec research, cybercriminals have begun creating social media scams and Trojanized versions of the app to take advantage of Pokemon Go players. From free PokeCoin scams and fake versions of the mobile game, to Pokemon Go cheaters and permission and privacy issues, there are many risks that players should be aware of.

However, Pokemon Masters can beat them at their own game by taking note of some tips:

  • Avoid downloading Pokemon Go from unofficial marketplaces, as attackers can use these sites to deliver malware disguised as legitimate apps.
  • Install the Pokemon Go update that removes the request for full access to Google accounts.
  • Stay away from game-cheating tools, as they could be fraudulent or may contain malware.
  • Keep your smartphone's firmware updated to prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited.
  • Use strong and unique passwords for your Pokemon Go account.
  • Pay close attention to the permissions that apps request.
  • Install a suitable mobile security app to protect your device and data.

For more information about the Pokemon Go risks and best practices, visit Symantec’s blog: