5 tips on how to use Pokémon GO safely
Kids everywhere are obsessed with the new Pokémon game. Here are ways to keep them safe while they're out there becoming PokéMasters.
Pokémon GO is a worldwide phenomenon, and although it is yet to
be released in South Africa, this has not stopped people from using a variety
of workarounds to download this location-based augmented reality game, says
Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO at ESET Southern Africa.
Read more: Pokémon GO is getting kids to go outside
We have a few tips for you about how to use it safely.
Download only from reputable app stores
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are already malware-laden versions
of Pokémon GO floating around. And these most definitely will not be the
last such stories we hear. So stick with the Apple and Google Play Stores,
and choose only the ones with more downloads than just about every other app in
Don’t be tempted to look elsewhere for the file if you encounter slow-downs
caused by a large number of downloads. If you are in doubt, Android users can
scan the file with reputable anti-malware software.
Do not sign in with Google
Another difficulty caused by too many simultaneous downloads is
that people have been unable to sign in directly through the Pokemon site, so
the game’s developers added the ability to sign in with your Google
account. The problem with this is that in the initial iOS version, this
gave the app astounding levels of access to your Google account.
The latest version addresses this, but using any secondary site like Google,
Apple or Facebook to login comes with privacy considerations you should weigh
Bring a buddy, stay in public places
Stories are already starting to come in about children wandering
off and getting lost going places they are not supposed to. Kids should
be accompanied by an adult, and adults should bring another responsible
Bring an extra battery
The Pokémon app is quite the battery-vampire. This,
combined with wandering off to places you may not know, can put you in a sticky
situation. It is a good idea to bring a spare battery in case of an emergency.
Travelling in numbers does not really ensure you won’t play
while driving, cross the street without checking for traffic, or loiter
creepily outside of people’s homes. Virtual monsters are not worth life
and limb – or getting arrested. So don’t let the excitement of the game
lure you into doing something you will regret. Have your kids become addicted to Pokémon GO? Send us an email to email@example.com and tell us what you think of this phenomenon?