Apple’s AirTags Can Enable Stalkers and Abusers

Apple’s new AirTags are clever devices. You can track your keys, your luggage, and much more with them, using Apple’s Find My app, and leveraging a swarm of nearly one billion iOS devices across the planet.

But there is a real risk that stalkers can take advantage of AirTags to find where people live and to follow them around. And that abusers can keep tabs on spouses and partners, without the latter being aware of this tracking.

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Complete Guide to Apple AirTags: How to Use Them, How They Work, and What to Track with Them

Apple’s new AirTag allows you to track items almost anywhere, leveraging the network of nearly one billion iOS devices around the world. You can use them to track your keys and luggage, your musical instruments and your tools, or even your bicycle or skateboard.

You can use the Find My app to locate your tagged items, and, as you get close to them, if you have an iPhone 11 or later, you can get precise directions until you find your lost item.

Here’s everything you can do with AirTags, with links to articles we’ve published that go into more detail.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #187: Pipeline Ransomware, Users Don’t Want Apps to Track Them, and Mailing AirTags

Ransomware has interrupted a major US gasoline pipeline, Apple didn’t tell more than 100 million people their iOS devices had malware, wi-fi design flaws found that could affect everyone, and we sent an Apple AirTag through the mail and followed it.

Follow the The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

How Tough are AirTags? We Froze, Washed and Dried, Ran Over, and Put Them in the Hot Sun

You take good care of your iPhone or iPad, but AirTags aren’t meant to be coddled. If you have one with a keyring, it’ll be in your pocket or purse, getting scratched and bounced around. If you put one in your gym bag, it’ll sit around in the trunk of your car in extreme temperatures in summer or winter. And if you forget one in a pocket, it might go through the washing machine and dryer.

I put a few AirTags through the most grueling stress tests I could find. Here’s what happened.

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I Mailed an AirTag and Tracked Its Progress; Here’s What Happened

Apple’s AirTags are designed to help you keep track of things. There are many things you can use AirTags to track, beyond the most obvious ideas such as your keys or bag.

But you may also be able to use an AirTag to track a package. I sent one in the mail to a friend, and followed it across the country. Here’s what happened.

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Hands On with Apple’s AirTags: Find Lost Keys, Bags, and More

Apple’s new AirTags are now available, and these small devices are great for those who misplace their keys, want to track their bags, and want to keep tabs on other items. They’re easy to set up, and easy to use. Here’s how to work with AirTags.

We came up with a list of 23 items you might want to track with AirTags, but there are certainly plenty of other things you might want to track. Most obvious are keys and bags, but the list is endless.

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Apple Announces New iMacs, iPads, AirTags, and More

After the first flurry of Macs running Apple’s own processors, in November of last year, Apple has made another step toward transitioning the entire Mac line to these new chips. The new iMac, announced yesterday, not only features Apple’s own M1 processor, but is the first Mac to benefit from a redesign along with this upgrade. At the same time, Apple announced new iPad Pros, AirTags, and a refresh of the Apple TV 4K.

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