Staying protected on your quest to become a Pokemon master

Staying protected on your quest to become a Pokemon master

Chances are, you’ve already heard about Pokemon Go and may have already tried to download it. In a short amount of time, the mobile game has become a global sensation, but the spotlight on its success has also lured the unwanted attention of scammers and cyberattackers (Team Rocket, anyone?).

While many Pokemon fans in Singapore eagerly await its rollout in Asia, there are some risks that players should be aware of – from free PokeCoin scams and fake versions of the mobile game, to permission and privacy issues.

Budding Pokemon Masters should also keep the following tips in mind to reduce their chances of falling victim to scams and attacks. For more information about the Pokemon Go risks and best practices, visit Symantec’s blog here, or let me know if you’d like to speak with a security expert.

Scam site asks users to confirm they are human before they can access a non-existent PokeCoin hacking tool

Tips to Stay Safe on Pokemon Go:

·         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 appsuch as Norton, to protect your device and data

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