The dangers of playing pokemon GO!

pokemon GO is a free augmented-reality app from Niantic, a game that sends players outside to walk around collecting Pokémon.  Pokémon Go has grown explosively since its release.

Pokemon GO

Here are all the countries where Pokemon Go is available

So far, the game has been released in:

United States, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and now Japan & Hong Kong!

The Pokémon franchise has broken the internet. Everyone is talking about this cute fictional creature’s game. The most interesting thing about it, which is almost making many of its players as slaves, players become Pokémon trainers, and to find the little monsters, you create an avatar that appears on an accurate map, using your phone’ GPS. As both of you avatar take a walk, the game augments your reality to make it seem that animated monsters randomly appear in your surroundings. As you look at the real world through your device’s camera, you may find a Pokémon in your living room, in your garden or down the street. In addition to collecting hundreds of Pokémon, you will pick up virtual gear by visiting real-world places that the game has deemed Pokéstops. And you can join teams with other players to train and fight Pokémon in locations called “gyms.”

This game could be fun to play (and I have no problem with that), but have you asked yourself what are the dangers that come with it? In just few days if pokemon Go was released there has already concerns that this game might not be your 100% your friend. Lets explore some of the reasons why!

Security concerns

In order to play, the app needs to know your location through your device’s GPS and access the camera. Also, you need an account. Now that the Pokemon website is currently for some reason not accepting new signups, you’ll need to use a Google account. I have not tried it myself but I heard that, requires full access to your google account, and that means, these guys can;

  • Read all your email
  • Send email as you
  • Access all your Google drive documents (including deleting them)
  • Look at your search history and your Maps navigation history
  • Access any private photos you may store in Google Photos
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Obsessed parents are introducing it to kids

It is said this game in not authorized for kids under the age of 13 years, but you know not everyone chooses to obey rules. Some parents have allowed their kids to play pokemon GO exposing them to strangers out there who may be playing pokemon GO with other intentions. When kids meet with this strangers, you don’t what could happen, because kids don’t know how to defend themselves.

Pokemon Go also features the in-app purchases, so as much as it is free to download, you need to be aware that this game makes money via in-app purchases. Even though this feature can be turned off, if one is not keen, the in-app purchases can be steep and it is possible for a player to spend $99 a pop on Pokécoins.

So, parents are advised to lecture their children about the game’s potential risks, and if they have to play, then they can do so in groups, as opposed to individually.

Can lead to fatal incident

Due its nature of play where users have to walk capturing creatures with uses glued to their smartphones, has fueled fears over distracted pedestrians, dangerous trespassing and criminals preying on unsuspecting gamers. The “Pokemon GO” craze reportedly claimed its first fatal victim when an 18-year-old playing the game was ambushed in Guatemala. The teenager died after being shot, according to news reports. There have also been multiple reports of “Pokemon GO” players falling victim to robberies and assaults.

A number of players have also wandered into hazardous locations. Four teenagers in the U.K. had to be rescued this week after they entered caves searching for Pokemon characters, the Guardian reports. The game was also involved in a security incident at an Indonesian military base when a player entered the facility while hunting Pokemon. In

Job Loss

In a post on Reddit which has since been deleted, user scarstruck4 described that, while working for a bank dealing with sensitive information, the player couldn’t help but “whip out their phone to try to capture a Zubat which was flying nearby.” While scarstruck4’s company allows the use of phones at desks, using the camera is a serious breach of security measures, and as Pokémon GO uses a phone’s camera to create an augmented reality image, scarstruck4’s phone was promptly confiscated and sent for inspection at the company’s head office. In the meantime, scarstruck4 is looking at serious disciplinary action.

Dead Battery

By all accounts, Pokémon GO drains phone battery life fast. This is hardly all that surprising – the game makes constant use of the player’s GPS tracking, is regularly connected to the internet, and often uses the phone’s camera to produce augmented reality images of the Pokémon that the player is trying to capture.

Players should take care when exploring the Pokémon world alone – it’s easy to wander into unfamiliar paths while playing, and when a phone battery dies, it’s easy for a player to become stranded in the middle of nowhere without any way to contact assistance.

It is hard to write about all the dangers in one article but you can read more at Mobile life style Also you can view images of players gathered in various places in the UK Buzzfeed

What you look like playing Pokemon Go

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