What is Pokémon Go? That’s the question that everyone’s been asking. For a short summary, it’s now the #1 most downloaded game on the App Store, and it has taken over the new generation.
Pokémon Go is a GPS-based app which allows users to walk around in the real world while using their phones to see things in AR, or augmented reality. The game sends players on a scavenger hunt in which they must track down Pikachu, Charizard, Blastoise and other Pokemon through their phone and catch them. It’s geocaching with Pokémon. The Pokemon are everywhere, but you have to get out of the house to find them by following a real-world map.
While most parents view their children as crazy when they leave the house saying they’re going to catch Pokemon, it’s actually doing a lot of good for helping people get physical exercise and interact and meet other people with the same interests.
You can collect many Pokémon and even go to historical sites which are Pokémon gyms to join a team. The app is great for those who want to get out of the house to go on a fun adventure.
The controversy for the app comes when signing up through Google. iOS users only have given access to all of their emails, chats, documents to the developer and third-parties.
The game offers an alternative way to create an account through the Pokémon Trainer Club, but it is slower so most players have opted to sign up via Google because it’s quicker.
The security problem with Google for iOS users is because they can not edit permissions in the app and that will give full access to your google account. The first of many updates have made this a lot safer for players. Niantic Labs who created Pokémon Go stated that it fixed the access to your Google account that only accessed profile information to create player accounts.
Facebook and many other mobile apps have also intruded our personal space by accessing information that was clear to the user. Pokémon Go is as safe as using facebook or instagram, and each update for the game will hopefully bring better stability and fewer crashes.
If you are still unsure of the game and the Google access, then follow these steps below from Cult of Mac
1) Follow this link to Google Security settings.
2) Under Sign-in & security, click Connected Apps and Sites
3) Click Manage Apps
4) Select Pokémon Go Release
5) Click Remove and then OK.
Once you remove access to Pokémon Go you’ll have to create an account through the Pokémon Trainer Club which does not access all of your data.
Photo from: The Pokemon Company