ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Two women have sued Apple, alleging that their AirTag devices make it easy for stalkers to track people and that the tech giant doesn’t do enough to stop it.
AirTags can be attached to keys or wallets, so that if you lose them, you can pull up the “Find My” app on your iPhone, and the AirTag’s location will pop up.
The AirTag can track something 30 feet away or give directions to something miles away. Mary Hamilton, a cybersecurity expert and CEO of Mad Data, has a few ways to protect yourself.
First, if you have an iPhone, it will tell you if something is being tracked nearby consistently for 8 to 36 hours.
To check sooner than that, you can go to the “Find My” app, and it should show AirTags within 50 feet of you, says Hamilton.
On an Android, you can download an app to find nearby AirTags.
If an Airtag pops up on one of these apps with a serial or phone number, Hamilton says it’s likely just lost, but if it doesn’t offer any information, you may have cause for worry.
“Don’t go home, I would go straight to the police department,” said Hamilton. “Look in your car, look in your wheel wells, look in your purse.”
Hamilton says if you find it, you can either destroy the AirTag or take it to the police who will have to work directly with Apple to find the owner.