The dark side of Apple’s AirTags has surfaced again, and this time the accident took place at Disney World. to me Jennifer Gaston and her daughter Madison, of WOFL affiliate FOX in Orlando, were among the last visitors to leave the Magic Kingdom one recent evening when Madison received a terrifying notification on her iPhone. The notification said, “AirTag has been found moving with you.”
Rogue AirTag terrifies a family in Disney World
“We were terrified, confused, hurt and scared,” Jennifer Gaston said. And to make matters even scarier, as one of the last Disney World guests to leave the park that evening, after getting off the monorail were walking into a nearly empty parking lot. The mother admitted that she was “ignorant” because she did not know what AirTag was. But her 17-year-old daughter knew this and texted her iPhone screen to reveal that the mother and daughter had been tracked around the park for four hours.
It was undoubtedly a nerve-wracking trip back by tram to their car. Shaking their clothes, Gaston jumped in their car, called the police, and took a beeline to the hotel they were saying. At the hotel, Madison’s iPhone showed the AirTag still in the Disney parking lot. “Because she (Madison) was refreshing her, she showed that the AirTag was still in our parking lot, so somehow when we were frantically getting dressed and shoving everything out of our bags, it fell,” Jennifer stated.
“This story could have ended differently,” Gaston said. “I thank God we got the result we did, but that’s because she (Madison) was so hardworking and conscious of what to do.”
Earlier this month we told you so Motherboard has analyzed 150 police reports of AirTags that have been filed over the last eight months. Less than half of the reports submitted were about something being stolen or stolen while the remaining issues dealt with harassing or stalking women using AirTags. In 50 cases, the women called the police after receiving a notification like the one received by Madison Gaston.
In most cases, victims found rogue AirTags in their cars or heard them beep. It was discovered that in most cases, the person who implanted the AirTag was a former partner or friend of the person being tracked.
To make sure that your iPhone will send you a notification when you’re being tracked by an AirTag that doesn’t belong to you, enable Bluetooth and make sure the Find My app is installed. After that, go to Settings > Privacy Make sure Location Services is “On” and tap on it. This will take you to the list of applications.
The Apple Tracker Detect app for Android phones is available from the Google Play Store
Scroll to the end of the list and tap System Services. On the next page that appears, make sure Find My iPhone and Important Sites are both turned on. Open the Find My app and tap on “Me” and customize the tracking notifications. Make sure Allow Notifications is enabled. Sure, it hurts, but as Gastons showed us, it’s worth it because preparing this can save your life.
Now, suppose you have an Android phone? he is Apple being cruel that they don’t care about people who use Android instead of iOS? no not like that.
Apple has developed an app called Detection Tracker which can be found in Google Play Store. According to Apple’s description of the app, “Tracker Detect looks for trackers of detached items that are compatible with Apple’s Find My network. These item trackers include AirTag and compatible devices from other companies. If you think someone is using AirTag or another device to track your location, you can Search for it to try to find it.”
There is one small issue with Tracker Detect that Android users should be aware of. The app must be open for it to work.