IF you’re worried about being tracked with an Apple AirTag, there’s an easy way to check.
It is possible to detect fraudulent tracker tags using an iPhone or Android phone.
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 to locate those items if you ever lose them.
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.
But Apple has already faced a crisis with people using its AirTag trackers to stalk.
Luckily, it’s possible to uncover AirTags with a smartphone.
How to find AirTag with iPhone
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.
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.
This is said to help reunite lost items with their owners.
But it would also indicate to a phone user that there is an AirTag nearby that is not near its owner.
The noise means that even if the AirTag were tucked deep in a pocket or coat, it would be exposed to a potential victim.
How to find AirTag with an Android phone
Apple has developed an app for Android that will help you uncover fraudulent AirTag trackers.
It’s called Tracker Detect and it shows if you’re being followed by a nearby AirTag.
The default alert system on iPhone does not work on Android.
That’s why Android users need to install Tracker Detect to find hidden AirTags.
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.
That’s where Google’s upcoming tracker spotting feature would come in.
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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