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If you haven’t followed the news for the past few days, you may be wondering why lots people are wandering around with their phones in front of them with happy smiles on their faces.

The rest of us know about Pokémon Go.

Finally, playing a game on your phone is combined with walking around wherever you are to learn some interesting facts about historic sites – a popular and now realized version of augmented reality.

However, walking around while looking into your phone can be precarious not just for you, but also to your phone.

Just today I saw two people accidentally drop their phones while playing Pokémon Go!

If you or your child drops and breaks a phone in a careless move capturing Pikachu, or if something ends up erasing data you really want, you could lose contacts, pictures, videos and more. The potential injuries and loss will not be virtual! 

So, don't forget to stay alert and know your surroundings. And don't forget to backup your phone!

Also, when it comes to privacy. Pokémon Go may have wider access to your Google account than you think.

Make sure you stay informed and know what you are signing up for, Your digital life could be at stake. This recent ZDNet article is definitely worth a read. In a nutshell, the Pokémon Go application does not explicitly ask permission for full account access to your Google account when logging in with a Google username and password.

So, get out and play Pokémon Go and see what everyone is talking about. But, backup with Acronis True Image before you do.

We can help you protect your data with mobile backup for Android and iOS. Learn more here.

As a President at Acronis, Gaidar is responsible for partner enablement, education, and Acronis marketing organizations. He joined Acronis in 2013 as a Business Manager to CEO, becoming Vice President of online business and General Manager for consumer business in 2016, Chief Marketing Officer in 2017, Chief Success Officer in 2020, and President in 2023. Previously an investment director at venture capital fund Runa Capital, Gaidar was responsible for seed-stage investments, advising and educating entrepreneurs, supporting the business development of portfolio companies, and maintaining relationships with startup incubators and accelerators. Before Runa Capital, Gaidar served in various roles at Microsoft, from a technology evangelist to a Microsoft Seed Fund managing director. Before Microsoft, he worked as a software engineer and IT administrator for various companies. Gaidar holds a master’s degree in chemistry.

About Acronis

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 15 offices worldwide and employees in 50+ countries. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses.