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How your iPhone can check if someone is stalking you

Apple’s AirTags are new trackers that can help you find lost belongings – but can stalkers use them too? Fortunately, the iPhone maker has built several features into the AirTag to stop stalkers in their tracks. AirTags were unveiled in April 2021 and are tiny electronic tags that can be attached to keys, backpacks, suitcases, and more.

You can then use Apple’s Find My app to locate these items if you ever lose them.

They tap into the Find My network of devices, which flags up if an AirTag is near one of the millions of gadgets in the ecosystem. And when you’re near an AirTag, you can use iPhone’s technology to accurately find the tag in a small space. Some fear that these AirTags could be used by stalkers to keep tabs on victims.

But Apple has created a system that attempts to stop this.

If an airbag registered to someone else is moving with you consistently, your iPhone will warn you.

It could be harmless like you’ve borrowed a set of keys.

But this will alert you if someone has placed an AirTag on your person without your knowledge.

Of course, this alerting system doesn’t work if you’re not using an iPhone or iPad.

This means that it’s more challenging to detect a rogue AirTag if you’re an Android phone owner.

However, there’s another neat feature that could help you out.

If an AirTag has been separated from its owner for several days, it will make an alert sound.

This is ostensible to help reunite lost belongings with their owners.

But it would also flag an Android phone user that there’s an AirTag nearby that isn’t near its owner.

The sound means that even if the AirTag is hidden deep inside a bag or coat, it 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 stalking you might prefer to use a third-party GPS tracker that has significantly fewer checks and balances than Apple’s gadget.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

Katie Axon

Katie Axon is a 25-year-old junior programmer who enjoys listening to music, podcasting and theatre. She is kind and giving, but can also be very rude and a bit greedy. She is an Australian Christian. She has a degree in computing. She is obsessed with bottled water.

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