Ryn Melberg is an avid Pokémon Go player and cyber security expert….
Ryn Melberg Has Security Advice For Pokémon Go Players
On The Guardian Podcast, Ryn Melberg has practical guidance for people who enjoy playing Pokémon Go, but do not want to compromise their on line security. The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg can be heard on her website, www.rynmelberg.com, iTunes and Soundcloud. The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg is the only podcast of its kind that is devoted to Agile, Scrum, SAFe, and issues of corporate governance and cyber security.
Go To The Nintendo Site
Among the information Ryn shares with her listeners, and the thing she emphasized most, was the need for players to register with Nintendo and not from their Google accounts. “Go to the
Pokémon Go site and get a unique I.D. and password there if you want to play,” Ryn said. “Using your own Google account to register will make you more vulnerable to cyber threats so do not do that.” She also advised players and non-players to keep their financial information separate from other information on Google. “You need a barrier or firewall between yourself and all that financial information,” Ryn advised. “Don’t keep everything in a single place.”
Never Use A Debit Card On Line
Ryn did not think using a debit card on line for Pokémon Go credits was a good idea. “It is too difficult to recover your funds if they are stolen from a debit card,” she said. “Use a credit, but not your regular credit card. Get a low limit credit card just for on line purchases.”
Ryn stated that she used a separate credit card with a low limit for buying Pokémon Go credits, iTunes songs, books, and movies and other on line purchases. “I have a card with a low limit that I use exclusively on line,” Ryn said. “With a low limit my exposure is lower if the card is hacked, lost or stolen. Plus the card I have covers losses from cyber and other theft. Everyone should have one if they are going to make any purchase on line.”
Keep Locations Off The Internet
In the age of social media so many want to post the details of their lives, adventures playing Pokémon Go and vacation details on line. Ryn says that this is a bad idea. “No one would consider posting a sign on their home that says ‘I’m away, please rob me’ so why would they post the same information to their Face Book or Twitter account,” she wondered aloud. “Post the results of your Pokémon Go hunt when you get home. Same for vacations.”
For others who do not want to be tracked on line or live and/or work near sensitive installations, playing Pokémon Go might not be a good idea. “For those who do not want anyone to know where they are, just don’t play,” Ryn said.
Physical Dangers Playing Pokémon Go
Unlike most web and app based games, Pokémon Go requires players to explore the environment in and around their neighborhoods and towns. Ryn suggests players use good judgment while playing. “Play in places where there are lots of other people around, in well lit parks or other places that are well travelled,” Ryn suggested. “Don’t go in places that look suspicious, and whatever you do, never play while driving.” Ryn suggests players turn the alert off on their phones while they are driving to avoid any possible temptation. “Rules for Pokémon Go in the car are the same as for texting. Just pull over if you have the urge to hunt for a bit; it’s what I do.”
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