Avoid P.R. Problems: Cyber Self Defense When Playing Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is the most popular game of its type ever. The challenge for players and others in positions of responsibility is the worry that playing could open them and their employer up to hackers and other on line vulnerability. The lines between personal time and work are pretty blurry. Lots of people use their smart-phone for both business and their personal lives. Bad idea. You do not want to be the guy whose phone provided the opening for cyber bandits to loot the company of business and personal information. Adding to that pain is the negative attention your enterprise will receive from media and customers that will accompany such a cyber breach. Here are some ways to prevent these types of vulnerabilities.
Go To The Nintendo Site
All new Pokemon Go players need to register with Nintendo and not register from their Google accounts. Players who will go to the Pokémon Go site will receive a unique I.D. and password there. Using your own Google account to register will make you more vulnerable to cyber threats, so do not do that. Another thing worth knowing for players and non-players is to keep your financial information separate from other information on Google. You need a barrier or firewall between yourself and all that financial information. Don’t keep everything in a single place.
Never Use A Debit Card On Line
Using a debit card on line for Pokémon Go credits is not a good idea. The reason is that it is too difficult to recover your funds if they are stolen from a debit card. Use a credit card, but not your regular credit card. Get a low limit credit card just for on line purchases. Using a separate credit card with a low limit for buying Pokémon Go credits, iTunes songs, books, and movies and other on line purchases will not make your funds as vulnerable. I have a card with a low limit that I use exclusively on line. With a low limit my exposure is lower if the card is hacked, lost or stolen. Plus the card I have covers losses from cyber and other theft. Everyone should have one if they are going to make any purchase on line.
Keep Locations Off The Internet
In the age of social media so many want to post the details of their lives, adventures playing Pokémon Go and vacation details on line. My opinion is that this is another bad idea. No one would consider posting a sign on their home that says ‘I’m away, please rob me’ so why would you post the same information on your Face Book or Twitter account? So be smart. Post the results of your Pokémon Go hunt when you get home. Same for vacations.
For others who do not want to be tracked on line or live and/or work near sensitive installations, playing Pokémon Go might not be a good idea. So if you do not want anyone to know where you are, just don’t play Pokemon Go or any other Geo-Caching type of game. Avoid P.R. Problems: Cyber Self Defense When Playing Pokemon Go
Physical Dangers Playing Pokémon Go
Unlike most web and app based games, Pokémon Go requires players to explore the environment in and around their neighborhoods and towns. Players should use good judgment while playing. Play in places where there are lots of other people around, in well lit parks or other places that are well travelled. Don’t go in places that look suspicious, and whatever you do, never play while driving. Turn the alert off on your phone while driving to avoid any possible temptation. Rules for Pokémon Go in the car are the same as for texting. Just pull over if you have the urge to hunt for a bit. Avoid P.R. Problems: Cyber Self Defense When Playing Pokemon Go
By following this simple advise, Pokemon Go players, their business colleagues and their loved ones can stay out of trouble by keeping their personal and business information safe from the prying eyes of cyber thieves who are always on the prowl, looking for easy Internet prey. The game they play has far more downside than any other. Avoid P.R. Problems: Cyber Self Defense When Playing Pokemon Go
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