Apple is stepping up AirTags ’privacy measures and will launch the Android Detector app later this year


The new AirTag sensors have caused privacy issues that Apple hopes to solve.

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Apple said it is being adjusted its approach to AirTags sensors, changing the timing of listening to an alert when disconnected from the owner, as well as creating new ways to alert people about an unexpected AirTag or Find My Network-enabled device.

The tech giant began sending updates to AirTags on Thursday the time window they make noise when potentially used to track another person. Initially, the Apple device will work in three days. Now he starts playing at a random time in the window, which lasts from 8 to 24 hours.

To convince people more about AirTags, Apple has developed an app for Android devices that can help people “identify” AirTag or find a device that works with my network, as well as “travel” with them without hesitation. said he was developing. Apple iPhones are already available has a similar warning system mounted on their devices. The Android app will be released later this year.

“The recent introduction of AirTag included the industry’s first proactive feature that attenuates unwanted surveillance,” Apple said in a statement. The company added that its efforts will take a week before its online Worldwide Developers Conference event, AirTags represents a constant commitment to improving privacy and security.

Apple’s updates to AirTags will take place in just over a month one went on sale for $ 29, or $ 99 for four packs. Originally, the devices were designed as an easy way to find lost keys, book bags, and more Apple’s “Search My Network” technology. AirTags uses a combination of on-board sensors and wireless signals to help owners determine where their items are, make a sound from a tracker, and pinpoint a compass-like location. directional arrows in the program on the phone.

However, shortly after AirTags was released, privacy advocates became concerned that these devices could be used as a way to track people. Unlike other surveillance devices sold by competitors such as Tile and Samsung, Apple AirTags use the company’s Find My network, Silently communicate and share any AirTags location nearby with more than 1 billion active iPhones and other Apple devices. And while the Washington Post reported in May that Apple’s privacy features are stronger than its competitors, its tests found that these means of protection may not be sufficient to protect unwanted victims.

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Apple AirTags is designed to work with the company’s Find My network, which works with iPhones, iPads and Macs.

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By correcting the time until Apple notifies the non-owner of this AirTag about its existence, it prevents them from being abused and creates uncertainty about how they will work. The company has also installed warnings on iPhones that warn people to travel with them. And the unique identification codes for each AirTag change frequently, and their connections are encrypted, which prevents Apple from hacking and other unwanted tracking actions.

If someone detects that an unwanted AirTag is traveling with them, they can tap the iPhone or another nearby phone with the ability to communicate and receive instructions on how to disable AirTag.

Apple noted that updates to AirTags began on Thursday and will be applied automatically in the iPhone range. The company declined to elaborate on the upcoming AirTags and My Accessories app for Android, and said it would provide more details by the end of this year.

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