Helps You Deal with AirTag Stalkers with Apple’s New ‘Personal Safety Guide’

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Photo: James D. Morgan (Getty Images) – Information on AirTag trackers’ privacy safeguards is included in the handbook, which privacy activists fear is a benefit to stalkers. Apple’s promise of superior digital security and a secure, walled-off environment has long attracted a broad spectrum of customers. As a result of this, Apple has found itself firmly in the crosshairs of privacy advocates because of its new(ish) AirTags. On Tuesday, Apple issued a new Personal Safety User Guide to help people better understand how to protect themselves and their personal information.

While many of the pointers in the book will be familiar to Apple consumers, the business has included a section on AirTags that is particularly noteworthy. To prevent stalking and other forms of unwanted monitoring, Apple has included a number of privacy measures, and the company’s support page explains what to do if an AirTag sends out an alert that isn’t theirs.

“Anyone worried about or suffering technology-enabled abuse, stalking, or harassment” is the target audience for Apple’s new resources. Users who have been subjected to harassment or abuse may use the guide to find out how to stop others from accessing their information and how to make their digital security even more robust. There are no new security features included in the tutorial but it might be beneficial for anyone who aren’t sure where to start.

Users may review and take action on Apple’s “Review and Take Action” section, which includes a bulleted list of 13 possible alternatives. In addition, the book provides three checklists with specific recommendations for users who fear someone else has access to their accounts. Additionally, the section offers advice on how to avoid disclosing sensitive information to certain individuals.

When AirTags were originally introduced early last year, privacy activists worried that the gadgets may be used by stalkers to follow and monitor individuals undetected. Those fears have come to fruition to some extent. AirTags have already been implicated in a number of documented stalking instances around the nation, the most recent of which occurred just last week in Philadelphia.

This summer, Apple released an update that would make AirTags beep at random times if they were out of range of the owner’s phone for eight to twenty-four hours. In addition, Apple has released a Tracker Detect software for Android smartphones that allows users to scan for any Find My-connected devices belonging to someone else in the vicinity. So far, the outcomes have been a bit of a mixed bag.

AirTags are apparently being used by certain auto thieves in addition to traditional surveillance methods to locate and steal high-end cars. Then there’s the issue of parents tying AirTags to their children’s clothing.

It’s important to note that not all AirTag usage cases are dark. There are a variety of uses for the trackers, including finding your own vehicle in a parking lot, keeping track of your pets, and even competing in high-tech treasure hunts. When this writer decided he was done destroying his residence in frantic, bordering on savage efforts to discover where his keys were hidden before work, he added an AirTag to his keychain.

There are many more creative ways to utilize it. In a recent transfer, a military family from Colorado utilized an AirTag tucked under a box of their son’s toys to trace their movers’ progress to New York’s Fort Drum. In light of military relocations’ legendary delays, the family decided to monitor their belongings. Despite the driver’s assertions that he was still halfway across the nation, the family was able to validate the driver’s actual position using the AirTag.

There are a number of things you can do if you’re ever worried that your loved ones could be targeted by an unwanted AirTag. To begin, if an AirTag has been separated from its user, an alert should appear on your smartphone, indicating that a tracker is close. As previously stated, these AirTags will ultimately make sound, however it may be difficult to hear in certain circumstances. Meanwhile, the Track Detect app for Android allows users to monitor their surroundings for unwanted AirTags.