This post originally appeared on the ShareFile Blog.
While Pikachu may sound like something you say when a coworker sneezes, Pokemon Go is the latest craze sweeping the nation. The mobile game has kids, teenagers, parents and CEOs chasing Pokemon all over the world. While I have yet to download the game, Pokemon Go sparks discussion on two of my favorite technology subjects – security and mobility.
When the app was first released, there was a pretty scary security risk for Google users:
When some iOS users sign into Pokemon Go through Google, they’re giving Niantic, the developer that created the game, full access to their account—that includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Photos and other Google features. If Niantic chooses to do so, it has the ability to read your emails, send emails, and even view your search and navigation histories. Fortune.com
While the app has since been updated, it does raise the question of whether your data is protected, no matter what app release or system you use. Do you have client information, sensitive business data or account passwords stored in your email or freemium cloud? Now would be the time to worry about a data breach via apps with access to those files. (Ready to start researching a secure file sharing and storage solution? We’re here to help.)
But even if you’re set with secure file storage, can you be away from your desk long enough to track down Dragonite? With mobile solutions like XenApp and XenDesktop unchaining you from a desk chair, there is no limit to how many Pokestops you can find and how many emails you can send. Level up while you upload a PDF. Flick a Pokeball, then flick your finger over the screen to sign an agreement.
So get out and get walking! Spend your lunch hour at the park! And come see us in our Citrix Raleigh office because I heard rumor of a Pokestop in the building…