Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know something about Pokemon GO, the new mobile game app from Niantic that allows you to search and capture adorable virtual creatures anywhere in the world.
Due to its high popularity, Pokemon GO is now literally everywhere and chances are, your employees already play the game. According to multiple reports, the game has several security concerns for BYOD. This means that the next time your employees catch Squirtle, Charmander and others, your company’s data could be at risk.
There are two key security concerns of Pokemon GO, including:
Potential Android malware issues
According to Fortune magazine, Pokemon GO has only launched so far in a few countries. This means several mirror apps have been created, which could confuse people into downloading the wrong app. With mirror apps, Android mobile devices have a greater risk for malware. These third-party mirror apps can then in turn use malware to create a backdoor to the smartphone and steal any private data from the user. This could be even more dangerous if the smartphone is a company device or if it’s using company WiFi.
According to a statement in Fortune magazine, a version of the Pokemon GO app “included a remote access tool, or RAT, called Droidjack, which they say can give an attacker ‘full control over a victim’s phone.’”
Possible privacy issues
Multiple reports in early June pointed to a potential flaw when users sign in with their Google account to play the game on an iOS device. The flaw is that when a user signs in, the app then has access to everything in the Google account, including email, pictures and documents without the user’s permission.
According to a statement from Google and Niantic, the two companies are working to remedy the problem. The statement also says Google has verified that only basic profile information (user ID and email address) have been accessed by Google and Niantic.
If you have multiple employees in your company, there is a greater risk that someone is playing Pokemon GO and also doing business on the same mobile device. This may create security issues, but you can safeguard your business with the right tools. CloudTech1 offers network security solutions that can help. Learn more about our solutions here.
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