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Pokemon Go: Great Outdoor Fun...Or A Great Security Risk?

Digital Defense, Inc.

People are playing Pokemon Go all over town. And while the game is getting people off the sofa and into the sunshine, the app can be a security risk for players who have sensitive information stored in the Cloud.

Less than a week into the game’s release, the manufacturer Tuesday night issued a new version that it says no longer requires permission to access a player’s Google accounts.

But Tom DeSot, Executive Vice-president of cybersecurity provider, Digital Defense, Inc., in San Antonio, says the security issues still present a risk for iPhone users.

"As far as I've seen this morning, it still does," DeSot said. "There have been plenty of sites that have given update after update after update because things were still fluid and were changing, but to me, it appears as though it's still an issue, at least for the iOS users."

DeSot says it’s unlikely your bank websites with saved passwords would be accessible ..but if your google drive contains records of that information, it’s probably “out there.”

"Say for example you have a Google doc where you've typed out all of your passwords for all of the different websites that you use, and one of those might be your banking site. There would have been the capability at least for them to go in there and see that type of information.

"Now everything I've seen this morning has said that it does not appear as though anybody exploited that, but the capability to exploit it was definitely there," DeSot said.

DeSot said Android users' Google accounts were never at risk.

Based on the wildly popular 1990s franchise, PokeMon Go is predicted to overtake Twitter in popularity in the coming days.