Elgin police offer safety tips for playing Pokemon Go

By Gloria Casas as originally posted on chicagotribune.com

Elgin Police are jumping aboard the Pokemon Go phenomenon by providing safety tips as downtown Elgin becomes a hot spot to catch the cute Pokemon figures.

“Over the course of the last week, we’ve had a lot of people playing the game in the downtown area and also in residential areas,” Commander Ana Lalley said in a video posted on Elgin Police Department’s Facebook page.

Pokemon Go is a smartphone app in which players use their GPS to find, collect and train Pokemon by walking to different locations, according to Forbes.com. There have been reports of people being injured while playing the game.

Lalley and Commander Al Young provided safety tips in the video for anyone playing Pokemon Go. They include warnings against driving or riding a bike, reminders to be aware of surroundings, a recommendation that people don’t go out alone, and suggestions to wear bright colors and respect private property.

“We received several phone calls of players who end up in people’s backyard and people are not really sure what is going on,” Lalley said. “So we want to make sure if you are playing the game you respect the game and people’s property.”

The Elgin Police Department is hosting a Walk and Talk session from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, outside the police department, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin. A few police officers will walk with players for a few hours around the downtown and talk about Pokemon Go strategies, provide safety tips and answer questions, Lalley said.

“I am really interested in learning to play this Pokemon thing. I’ve never seen it,” Commander Al Young said in the video, after playing around with the app and catching two Pokemon that appeared on Lalley’s shoulder.

Ferzu and Furvilla Reality Check

I been on Ferzu for a while, in fact the only reason I signed up in the first place was all the advertizing they were doing. Which still got me wondering like Furvilla, what is all the hype about. Really I mean it, even though with all the talk about meeting new furs, dating, as well as lots of other stuff. Furs use Ferzu as mainly a place like this to post stuff that is on their minds. It isn’t like both are all that bad, but really it’s not worth all they hype. Furvilla is a fair game, a time killer at best like a lot of games on Facebook. Which BTW I have seen better games on Facebook. As for Ferzu?!!! Most people use it like Twitter, post what is on their minds and go on. Really I think it’s iffy if both sites are still around a year from now.

Pokémon Go Malware Targets Impatient Mobile Gamers

as originally posted on yahoo.com by Paul Wagenseil

Bulbasaurs and Snorlaxes aren’t the only things some Pokémon Go players might be catching on their Android phones.

Security firm Proofpoint reports that its researchers have spotted an infected form of the immensely popular augmented-reality game in an online malware repository. (Intel Security, also known as McAfee, independently found the same corrupted app.) The pirated Pokémon Go secretly harbors the DroidJack malware, which can completely hijack a victim’s phone.

Anyone trying to “side-load” Pokémon Go — and there will be plenty of people who do, as the game has so far been released only in Australia, New Zealand and the United States — runs the risk of giving full control of their device to cybercriminals.

ProofPoint found the infected Pokémon Go early in the morning of July 7, the day after its release in the three countries described above. So far, there haven’t been reports of it in the wild, but that may just be a matter of time.

The problem is that Pokémon Go is free, immensely popular, largely unavailable — 95 percent of the world’s population doesn’t yet have legal access to it — and nevertheless attainable by inadvisable means. (The game has swamped Nintendo’s servers, and the rollout to other countries has been delayed as a result.) It’s a perfect opportunity for cybercriminals.

We can’t tell you how stupid it is to sidestep territorial restrictions and get Pokémon Go on your own devices. Please don’t disable security on your Android phone by allowing apps from “unknown sources,” or then go to an unauthorized Android app repository.

First of all, unless you’re an app developer, you should NEVER turn off the “Unknown sources” blocking on your Android phone. That is just going to open you up to a world of hurt.

Second, you should never trust off-road app repositories, even if they seem to be on the up-and-up. Google itself has a hard time policing its own app market — how much better is a third-party distributor going to be?

(It’s also possible to create a fake iTunes account in Australia, New Zealand or the U.S. to download the iOS version of Pokémon Go. That’s less risky than side-loading an Android app, but iOS malware does exist, and this process may violate Apple’s terms of service.)

Pokémon Go has also been linked to routine online spam campaigns, including one that promises an insane amount of in-game coins if you’ll just take the time to respond to a quick online survey. Of course, there are no coins once you complete the questions. That’s fairly harmless, but it’s just a matter of time before the spammers move on to distributing malware or conning you into disclosing your personal information.

Our advice is: If you’re not in the U.S., Australia or New Zealand, wait until Pokémon Go is officially released in your country. Then grab a legitimate copy from your platform’s designated app market.