GOOGLE is working on a special alert that will show if someone is following you.
The alert pops up when you’re moving around with a Bluetooth tracker – one that allows someone else to track your live location.
These tags – which ones can be bought cheaply online – can be hidden in a coat, bag or car for nefarious purposes.
Apple has already faced its own crisis with people using its AirTag trackers to stalk.
Now Google is preparing a warning function for Android phones.
The feature was spotted by the tech site 9to5Googledealing with hidden lines of Google code.
It appears to be searching for nearby tracker tags via Bluetooth.
However, the feature is described as “very early in development”.
That could mean it could take weeks, months, or even years – depending on how high the priority is for Google.
What options do you have in the meantime?
Thankfully, Apple has already developed an app for Android that can help you uncover fraudulent AirTag trackers.
It’s called Tracker Detect and it shows if you’re being followed by a nearby AirTag.
Longtime tracker company Tile has also launched a similar app.
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.
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.
Of course, this alert system doesn’t work if you’re not using an iPhone or iPad.
That’s why Android users need to install Tracker Detect to find hidden AirTags.
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 an Android phone user that there is an AirTag nearby that is not near its owner.
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.
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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