Revealed: How to Protect Yourself from Hidden GPS Trackers


**Unveiling the Hidden Trackers: Apple and Google Issue Safety Alerts**

In a move to combat the potential misuse of wireless tracking devices, Apple and Google have announced a significant update for iPhone and Android phones. These updates will alert users to the presence of nearby wireless location trackers, reducing the risk of unauthorized tracking.

**Addressing the Tracking Dilemma**

Devices like Apple’s AirTag have gained popularity for their convenience in locating lost or stolen items. However, the same technology can be exploited for less honorable purposes, prompting concerns about privacy and safety. To address this issue, both tech giants are collaborating to refine and enhance the safety features of their respective platforms.

**Unwanted Tracking Alerts**

iPhone and Android devices running the latest software will now receive notifications informing users if a Bluetooth tracker is detected “found moving with you.” Users can then opt to activate an audible alert from the tracker, making it easier to locate. Additionally, step-by-step instructions will guide users on how to disable or remove the tracker.

**The Evolution of the AirTag**

When AirTags first debuted, they quickly gained traction among users seeking an efficient way to locate misplaced items. However, the discovery of unscrupulous uses has led Apple to refine and enhance the AirTag’s safety features. Through collaborations with Google, iOS and Android now incorporate alerts and warnings to mitigate potential criminal misuse.

**Collaboration for Device Compatibility**

Beyond AirTags, several third-party companies, such as Chipolo and Motorola, offer Bluetooth trackers. To ensure adherence to safety standards, Apple and Google require that all “Find My” trackers meet their specifications, including the implementation of the unwanted tracking alerts.

**Industry-Wide Standardization**

In the works is a public industry specification for Bluetooth tracker devices, jointly developed by Apple and Google. While the official standard is still under development, both companies have integrated the alerts into their operating systems: Apple’s iOS 17.5, slated for release on Monday, and Android devices with version 6.0 or later.