These custom Apple AirTags won’t warn you if someone follows you

Bluetooth trackers are designed to help you keep track of your stuff. You can attach one to almost anything and avoid losing it. This works well for your keys, wallet, wallet, laptop and more.

Apple AirTags have become quite popular since their introduction. In addition to commonly misplaced items, there are more innovative ways to use these handy little devices. Attach one to your luggage when travelling. Keep an eye on your pets and small children. Tap or click here for more ideas.

One of the first changes Apple made to AirTags shortly after they were released is an intermittent beep when separated from their owner. This makes it easier to find if they are lost or used to spy on someone. Now AirTags appear for sale online, modified so that the speaker no longer makes any noise. This has dangerous consequences.

Here’s the backstory

It’s sad but not surprising that bad actors have found ways to use AirTags to track people without their knowledge. To counter this, Apple has implemented a feature that alerts you with a notification if someone else’s AirTag moves with you.

AirTags also beep randomly between 8 and 24 hours after being separated from their owner. This can warn you if you have an AirTag that you know nothing about.

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Now AirTags are being modified by removing their speakers and appearing on sites like eBay and Etsy. This eliminates the only security alerting you whether you have your smartphone with you or not.

While some ads have been removed, others are still for sale. So assume they are out there.

keep your guard up

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is running iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later, you will be notified with the message “AirTag Found Moving With You”.

For Android users, Apple released Tracker Detect on Google Play Store who can find trackers that are compatible with Apple’s Find My network. While you have to open the app and manually search for trackers, it’s a step in the right direction.

Android users with Android 9.0 and above will also be notified if they have the Tracker Detect app. Tap or click here for more details.

If you get a notification about an AirTag, do the following:

Tap the message and then tap Continue. If you can’t find the AirTag itself, tap Play Sound. When you find the strange AirTag, tap Learn more about this AirTag. You will see the serial number and if it is marked as lost. Tap Instructions to turn off AirTag and follow the onscreen steps to stop sharing your location.

Keep an eye out for push notifications. If you can’t find the AirTag or the speaker is turned off, search your pockets, bags and car.

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