Pokemon Go to Curb Cheating by Flagging Creatures Caught Using Third-Party Tools

Niantic recently introduced several additions to Pokemon Go including raid battles, new gym features, and a slew of new items. Now, the company has announced that it will not be tolerating any cheating tactics within the game and will start flagging the Pokemon caught with third-party services and that these marked creatures will stop behaving in their natural manner.

In a strongly-worded post on The Silph Road forum on Reddit, Niantic said that it wants to ensure that Pokemon Go remains a fun and fair experience for all Pokemon trainers.

“Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected. We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday. This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience,” Niantic said.

Pokemon Go to Curb Cheating by Flagging Creatures Caught Using Third-Party Tools

While the “slashing” of Pokemon can already be seen in the images shared by users whose Pokemon were flagged, it still remains to be seen what the company means by saying that they “may not behave as expected.” According to a report by Kotaku, players have discovered that the marked Pokemon do not provide the players with candy on being transferred to the Professor but also that the mark is lost once the Pokemon evolves.

Since its launch last year, Pokemon Go has been plagued by issues that revolve around the cheating techniques that make the game extremely easy for the players. The cheating tools, provided by third-party sources, allow users to fool the GPS, find the location of different Pokemon, and even allow bots to catch the Pokemon for them.

As these techniques can often impact the experience of players who play the game fairly, the company previously issued permanent bans as well as restricted users into catching just non-rare Pokemon. Despite not maintaining the same user-base as it did right after its launch, Pokemon Go is still a popular game and we will have to see if the new implementation will stop cheaters from fooling the game.

 

Microsoft Admits Windows Can Disable Third-Party Antivirus Software Under Certain Conditions

After coming under antitrust fire from Kaspersky in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware, Microsoft has attempted to clear the air by talking about its work on safety and security – namely Windows Defender – and working with third-party antivirus providers. Kaspersky had filed a complaint with the EU claiming Microsoft was using its dominance to promote its own offering, and creating obstacles for everyone else, including disabling their products and not providing enough time to maintain support.

In a lengthy blog post, Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows enterprise and security, stayed away from mentioning Kaspersky directly, while stressing on support and choice. He noted that they provide early builds through the Windows Insider Program to ensure antivirus software are compatible before an upcoming release.

“We’ve worked closely with AV partners to identify changes, provide early builds through the Windows Insider Program and other testing environments, and provide technical guidance through our Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) program,” Lefferts said. “This cadence of regular updates, along with the Windows Insider Program, affords our partners and customers much greater transparency and insight into the Windows development process than ever before.”

Microsoft Admits Windows Can Disable Third-Party Antivirus Software Under Certain Conditions

“Also, because AV software can be deeply entwined within the operating system, we doubled down on our efforts to help AV vendors be compatible with the latest updates,” he added. Lefferts noted that about 95 percent of Windows 10 machines had compatible antivirus protection with the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, and so they built a feature for the remaining ones.

“For the small number of applications that still needed updating, we built a feature just for AV apps that would prompt the customer to install a new version of their AV app right after the update completed,” he said. “To do this, we first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began. We did this work in partnership with the AV partner to specify which versions of their software are compatible and where to direct customers after updating.”

Lefferts also emphasised Microsoft’s belief in “always-on” protection, and said that Windows Defender doesn’t come into action unless the third-party antivirus software is incompatible, out of date, or expired. “If AV software is protecting our customers, Windows Defender Antivirus will stay off,” he noted. “If a customer does allow an antivirus application to expire, Windows Defender Antivirus is automatically turned on so that they are not left unprotected.”

“In the case of paid AV solutions, we worked with our AV partners to build a consistent set of notifications to inform customers if their licence is about to expire and to present options to renew the licence,” Lefferts said. “Only when an AV subscription expires, and the AV application decides to stop providing protection to the customer, will Windows Defender Antivirus begin providing protection.”

Though Microsoft has now laid out its defence in full, it remains to be seen how the European Commission will reflect on the Kaspersky complaint. In the past, the EU has tried to make an example out of American tech giants, as evinced by its tax ruling against Apple in Ireland.

 

Pokemon Go to Curb Cheating by Flagging Creatures Caught Using Third-Party Tools

Niantic recently introduced several additions to Pokemon Go including raid battles, new gym features, and a slew of new items. Now, the company has announced that it will not be tolerating any cheating tactics within the game and will start flagging the Pokemon caught with third-party services and that these marked creatures will stop behaving in their natural manner.

In a strongly-worded post on The Silph Road forum on Reddit, Niantic said that it wants to ensure that Pokemon Go remains a fun and fair experience for all Pokemon trainers.

“Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected. We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday. This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience,” Niantic said.

Pokemon Go to Curb Cheating by Flagging Creatures Caught Using Third-Party Tools
While the “slashing” of Pokemon can already be seen in the images shared by users whose Pokemon were flagged, it still remains to be seen what the company means by saying that they “may not behave as expected.” According to a report by Kotaku, players have discovered that the marked Pokemon do not provide the players with candy on being transferred to the Professor but also that the mark is lost once the Pokemon evolves.

Since its launch last year, Pokemon Go has been plagued by issues that revolve around the cheating techniques that make the game extremely easy for the players. The cheating tools, provided by third-party sources, allow users to fool the GPS, find the location of different Pokemon, and even allow bots to catch the Pokemon for them.

As these techniques can often impact the experience of players who play the game fairly, the company previously issued permanent bans as well as restricted users into catching just non-rare Pokemon. Despite not maintaining the same user-base as it did right after its launch, Pokemon Go is still a popular game and we will have to see if the new implementation will stop cheaters from fooling the game.