The Airtag, Apple’s tracker, is accused of facilitating espionage and harassment. According to a survey carried out by the Washington Post, the measures put in place by Apple to prevent abuse are not sufficient. The accessory would make it easy to track users of an Android smartphone.
After months, if not years, of rumors and leaks, Apple has finally lifted the veil on AirTag , an item tracker that sells for € 35 each. Anxious to avoid abuses, the company warned users: the AirTag is not designed to track children, pets or individuals . The beacon was only designed to find the trace of an object, such as a backpack, a wallet or a bunch of keys.
In order to prevent possible abuse, Apple has integrated several security systems into its Airtag. If a malicious individual slipped an AirTag into your belongings without your knowledge, your iPhone will notify you through a notification. The firm has also thought of people who do not have an iPhone. Separated from its owner (and the device to which it is paired) for 3 days, the accessory will ring regularly. The noise emitted should allow the spy to locate the malicious AirTag.
AIRTAG MAKES IT EASY TO SPY ON ANDROID USERS
According to Geoffrey Fowler, a reporter for the Washington Post, these measures are not enough. In a column published on May 6, he assures us that a colleague has managed to track his movements via the Locate application. “My colleague Jonathan Baran linked an AirTag to his iPhone, slipped his tag into my backpack (with my permission), then followed me for a week,” Fowler said.
During this week of testing, Geoffrey Fowler’s iPhone warned him that an unknown AirTag was moving with him. But, unsurprisingly, this alert is only for owners of an iPhone . Android smartphones won’t warn you that a tracker has been slipped into your stuff.
Likewise, the AirTag started ringing regularly after three days, as planned by Apple. On the other hand, the ringing is not sufficiently audible and regular to warn users effectively. For the journalist, “15 seconds of a light twittering” at 60 decibels is not enough. In addition, it is easy to block the speaker in order to avoid the diffusion of sound. Ultimately, Airtag would be a dangerous tool to facilitate digital harassment, especially between spouses, at a lower cost. What do you think of Fowler’s conclusions? We await your opinion in the comments.