Apple’s new Find My feature updated to prevent stalking as launch of the rumoured AirTags nears
- Apple’s latest in line of privacy features could be
Item Safety Alertswhich notifies you when an unknown tracker is found near you.
- The feature is currently available in iOS 14.5 beta, suggesting that we are drawing closer to the launch of
Apple’s AirTags tracker. Item trackersuse a ‘community’ of similar devices to broadcast their location even without internet.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, the Item Safety Alerts feature will notify you if an unknown tracking device has been placed in your pocket or belongings, and is tracking your location. You will then be able to remove or disable the tracker to prevent it from stalking you.
It also looks like Apple wants you to keep this feature enabled. According to Apple blogger Benjamin Mayo, when you try to turn this feature off, the system warns you that the owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location and track you.
Something I hadn’t considered before: new beta includes a Item Safety setting in Find My. This is how Apple is tryi… https://t.co/EKjRJBn7RF— Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) 1614868566000
How do these item trackers work?
Item trackers like
These item trackers use a ‘community’ of similar devices to continuously broadcast their location to the owner. This allows them to work even without internet, making them an excellent option and allowing them to work independently of your phone.
However, the downside of this is that a stalker can easily place one of these trackers in your pocket, bag or other belongings, making it extremely easy to track your movements. The fact that these trackers are tiny makes things even worse.
Apple’s new Item Safety Alerts feature is intended to alert you and prevent you from being stalked.
There have been incidents of people being stalked using these item trackers. For instance, a Houston woman was stalked and harassed by her ex who hid a Tile tracker in the console of her car.
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