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Using AirTags to stalk others could soon become illegal in Ohio

You've probably heard the horror stories about creeps using AirTags for stalking others. Even modified versions for increased stealth were being sold on some online platforms. Shameless beings exist, and the compact form factor of AirTags -- when combined with Apple's wide Find My network -- creates the perfect tool for stalking. They have an affordable...

Google may soon add a built-in Bluetooth tracker detection feature in Android

Bluetooth trackers have quickly become a hot tech commodity. While companies like Tile have offered Bluetooth-powered tags for years, it was Apple's AirTags that helped these tiny devices achieve mainstream popularity. If you're on Android, you usually have to download a separate app from the tag manufacturer to monitor, scan and control your device. But...

The latest iOS 15.4 beta adds anti-stalking tracking notifications for AirTags and other accessories

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it would be improving its anti-stalking measures for AirTags and other Find My Network accessories. The company stated that it would make new features available in a future software update -- including an obvious warning when pairing a new AirTag. This alert warns users from using their AirTags to...

Apple has a plan to crack down on AirTags abuse and illegal activity

Apple released AirTags in 2021, the company's long-awaited answer to Bluetooth tracking tags like Tile and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. Apple's "Find My" network has a much greater reach than any of its competitors, since every iPhone in the world is connected to it, which has a downside — AirTags are increasingly being used for stalking...

Modified AirTags with disabled anti-stalking speakers are a thing now, because of course

We've already established that AirTags are a privacy nightmare -- bound to be misused. In the latest horror story of our increasingly creepy world, these trackers are being sold with reduced anti-stalking measures. That's right, modified AirTags with disabled speakers are being sold on Etsy and eBay (possibly on other platforms as well) for more than...

To no one’s surprise, Apple AirTags are being misused to stalk people

Back in April, Apple announced AirTags -- which are trackers with Find My network support. The concept behind them isn't new, for Tile trackers have been around for years. However, Apple tends to popularize a certain product category once it releases its own version of it. For example, wireless earbuds weren't as commonly used before...

Apple releases basic ‘Tracker Detect’ app for AirTags on Android

Apple AirTags use all iPhones and other Apple devices as a massive mesh network, giving them better tracking abilities than most of its competitors (outside of LTE-based trackers). However, the massive network has a downside that Apple hasn't done much to address: someone can slip an AirTag into your bag or other personal items to...

XDA Basics: How to set up and use an Apple AirTag on iPhone

Earlier this year, Apple released its Find My Network-enabled trackers — AirTags. These coin-sized devices help you find lost or stolen items by piggybacking other Apple devices. So when an internet-connected iPhone user passes by an AirTag, the two devices will communicate. This is what updates the AirTag’s status and location on Apple’s servers and...

Tile to be acquired by Location Sharing app Life360, as competition with AirTag intensifies

Tile -- the pioneer of Bluetooth tracking -- popularized locating personal belongings through its expanding network of connected devices. However, earlier this year, the company found itself facing a serious rival with an even larger network -- Apple. AirTags have a prominent advantage that Tile struggles to compete with. The coin-sized Apple trackers integrate into...

Apple holiday gift guide: The best products to buy this season

Holiday season is upon us, and Apple devices are premium products that your loved ones will appreciate. Whether you plan on buying an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or an accessory -- such as the AirPods 3rd Gen -- we're here to help you choose! You can spend so little on an Apple Polishing Cloth or a...

Found a lost AirTag? Be careful when you scan it

AirTags are Apple's version of Tile trackers — they're small circular gadgets with Find My Network support. When a user enables Lost Mode on an AirTag, it generates a unique URL that directs whoever finds and scans it to https://found.apple.com to view the owner's contact details. However, a recently discovered security flaw makes scanning random...

Apple will make it harder for its AirTags to track people

Following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag earlier this year, Apple introduced its location tracking AirTags. Thanks to Apple's tight ecosystem integration, the AirTags proved to be far more powerful than all alternatives, allowing users to track their belongings accurately. To prevent users from tracking others, Apple implemented a feature that would alert users if...
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