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Apple Stresses That AirTags Are Specifically Designed To Be Stalker-Proof
By Alexa Heah, 23 Apr 2021
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This week, Apple launched the AirTag, a tracking gadget designed to be attached to your keys or luggage, so you always know where your belongings are.
The device goes head to head with other trackers existing on the market, such as Tile. However, unlike its competitors, Apple says the AirTag has one great advantage over the others: it’s focused on protecting your privacy.
First, in an interview with Fast Company, Apple executives cleared up what AirTags are meant to be used for. When asked if a parent could attach an AirTag to a child, Kaiann Drance, Apple’s Vice-President of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, asserted that AirTags are designed to track items, not people or pets.
More importantly, Apple also said that AirTags are stalker-proof. If you were worried about someone placing an AirTag on you without your consent, you can rest easy. If you have an iPhone, you’ll receive a notification alerting you that a device is following you.
For non-iPhone users, after an AirTag has been away from its paired phone for a certain amount of time (currently three days), it will start emitting a sound, making you aware of its presence.
If you chance upon an unauthorized AirTag on your person, you can scan it with an NFC-capable phone. Once scanned, you’ll be taken to the Apple website with instructions on how to disable the AirTag immediately.
For users that may misplace their devices, Apple says the AirTags are secure. As per MakeUseOf, Apple’s Senior Director of Sensing and Connectivity, Ron Huang, said, “If you lose your AirTag, somebody can’t just pick up your AirTag, re-pair it with their iPhone, and continue using it.”
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[via MakeUseOf, images via Apple]
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