A NEW Apple update has made it easier to stop stalkers from spying on you with a tracker tag.
Apple has tweaked its controversial Apple AirTags, making it easier to find a hidden one to secretly follow you.
Introduced in April 2021, Apple’s AirTags are small electronic tags that can be attached to keys, backpacks, suitcases and more.
You can then use Apple’s Find My app on an iPhone to locate those items if you ever lose them.
But Apple faced backlash after it was revealed people were using AirTag trackers and iPhones for stalking.
Now Apple says it made the noise an unknown tracker makes louder, as discovered by MacRumors.
The change was actually announced in February, but has only now been rolled out.
At the time, Apple said it would “tune the sound of AirTag.”
“Currently, iOS users who receive an unwanted tracking alert can play a sound to help them locate the unknown AirTag,” Apple explained.
“We will adjust the tone sequence to use more of the loudest tones to make an unfamiliar AirTag easier to find.”
Apple AirTags are specifically designed to help you locate lost items.
They access the Find My device network, which shows when an AirTag is near any of the millions of gadgets in the ecosystem.
And when you’re near an AirTag, you can use iPhone technology to accurately locate the tag in tight spaces.
If an AirTag registered to someone else keeps moving with you, your iPhone will alert you.
It might be harmless, like you borrowed a bunch of keys.
However, this will alert you if someone has attached an AirTag to you without your knowledge.
The system is designed for Apple gadgets but Android users can also get a warning by installing an app.
This will help you uncover a hidden AirTag that is following you.
However, there is another neat feature that might help you.
If an AirTag has been away from its owner for a while, it will start beeping.
The sound means that even if the AirTag is on hidden deep in a pocket or coatit would be exposed to a potential victim.
It’s not a foolproof system, and sophisticated stalkers could still find ways to monitor you.
But ultimately, it’s possible that someone tracking you might prefer to use a third-party GPS tracker, which has significantly fewer checks and balances than Apple’s gadget.
The new sound update rolled out to users Tuesday, reaching 1% of AirTag owners.
According to MacRumors’ report, this will increase to 10% on May 3rd, 25% on May 9th, and then be live for everyone on May 13th.
If you think you are being followed you can contact your local police or dial 911 (US) or 999 (UK) if you or someone else is in imminent danger.
You can also get advice from the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300, which is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm (except Wednesday 1pm to 4pm). In the United Kingdom. In the US, you can contact Victim Connect at 1-855-484-2846 for advice.
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