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Apple AirTags alert ‘used by STALKERS to track people’

APPLE AirTags is doubling as a tracker for stalkers, according to a new report on the social network.

Some reports There have been reports in recent weeks of people tagging their AirTags – a device Apple uses to track keys and other personal items via Bluetooth – to Unsuspecting car owner.

Apple AirTags are being used by stalkers and car thieves to track their victims

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Apple AirTags are being used by stalkers and car thieves to track their victims

The most recent report comes from a 28-year-old Baltimore woman, Jeana, who discovered an Apple AirTag attached to her car while she was with friends in a bar.

“It was 2am and I was driving away with no cars around and I kept getting this warning for 30 minutes straight,” she tweeted.

“I’ve received that warning before while in traffic…sometimes when you’re near other people [people] for a while on the road, Apple thinks it’s tracking you, but it’s too late, and I start turning right and going in the opposite direction and I still *still* keep getting this message,” she added.

A woman named Ellie Tindall of Nashville shared a similar story when she discovered an Apple AirTag strapped to her car as she helped her friend get around.

Tindall said local news that the experience was “incredibly scary” and added that she’s seen on TikTok, tracking people with AirTags is “something criminals are doing for robbery or sex trafficking.”

Police say KMTV that Apple AirTags, “really dangerous if someone puts this on/in your car or personal belongings like a backpack or wallet”.

Police added that victims of domestic abuse are receiving special attention.

Apple told The Sun in a statement that it has taken measures to ensure the privacy and security of AirTags.

“AirTag is designed with a set of proactive features to prevent unwanted tracking – an industry first – and the Find My network includes a smart, customizable system with The containment measure applies to AirTag, as well as third-party products, part of the Find My Network Accessories Program,” the tech giant said.

Apple also noted that it introduced an app called Detection tracker this month for Android users, giving them the ability to scan for AirTags that are no longer with their owners.

How to protect yourself

There are several ways to reduce the risk of being tracked by AirTag Steven Winkleman of PCMags.

For starters, Winkleman recommends regularly checking belongings like luggage, wallets, and bags.

“Take a few minutes to empty your bags and pouches each day; check to make sure all seams are intact and that you don’t feel any lumps or hard surfaces,” he writes.

Next, be wary of mail, especially if you use a PO mailbox or rent one.

Winkleman recommends: Unknown boxes or envelopes may contain Bluetooth trackers, so it’s best to open all of your mail before you return home.

Finally, you’ll want to check your bike and car for followers.

You can easily check your bike AirTags, however, cars have more hidden room.

However, Winklesman recommends checking the rear license plate, the gap between the hood and the windshield, the wheel wells, and the front and rear bumpers of the vehicle.

How to detect and disable AirTag

If an AirTag is accompanied by an unregistered person, the tag will ring after 8 to 24 hours.

It will also send notifications to the nearest iPhone (assuming it’s running on iOS 14.5 or later).

If you find an unknown AirTag in your belongings, you can tap your phone to get its serial number and information on how to disable it.

Apple AirTags can be discreetly placed under a car or in a backpack.

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Apple AirTags can be discreetly placed under a car or in a backpack.Credit: Getty
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Apple has announced that it will allow customers to repair their own iPhones for the first time starting next year.

The UK is battling a pandemic of hacking attacks targeting consumers and businesses, according to officials.

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Caroline Bleakley

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