Apple has always touted the privacy features of its devices, claiming that its ecosystem prioritizes user privacy compared to Android. But when the Cupertino giant launched AirTags to compete with other Bluetooth-based tracking devices like Tile and Samsung’s SmartTag, the company has been criticized by security experts mainly for the privacy issues related to its tracker. As a result, Apple has now released an official “Personal Safety User Guide” to help users avoid stalking, harassment, and technological abuse using AirTags.
Apple publishes user guide for personal safety
Now, for those who didn’t know, since Apple launched the AirTag, many users reported dealing with various types of privacy issues, thanks to the constant Bluetooth-based tracking. In fact, as per an earlier reportRelying on the company’s extensive Find My network to track luggage, pets and other lost items, AirTag has been widely used by thieves to steal cars from shopping malls, parking lots and other public places. Other reports on AirTag-related privacy issues include stalking, for which Apple also released an android app to detect unknown AirTags late last year.
Citing these personal security concerns, Apple recently published: an official safety guide, making users aware of existing security features of its devices that can help them avoid this kind of problem. The guide comes with several sections of step-by-step guides on how to enable or disable security, sharing, and location tracking features on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
There is also a “Review and take action” section with a list: 13 different options that allow users to personalize security features, which in turn can protect them from data and location tracking. Furthermore, in a special section on AirTags, Apple highlighted the device’s built-in security features that could help users prevent stalking or other tracking-related abuse. The company has instructed users on: how to disable an AirTag if they find an unwanted AirTag on them.
So, if you are someone who has faced such privacy issues or AirTag based stalking, you can go to Apple’s official website to access the Personal Safety User Guide Resources. And if you’re considering dumping your existing AirTag because of these issues, check out our list of the best AirTag alternatives you can enter the market.