iOS 17.5, Android 6 and Above Can Now Combat Object Tracker Misuse

iOS 17.5, Android 6 and Above Can Now Combat Object Tracker Misuse

Object trackers have become a trend since Apple introduced AirTags. This is because it uses the Find My network system, making all Apple device users nodes for these object trackers to function well.

Google and Apple have also collaborated to ensure their respective operating systems can identify nearby object trackers to prevent misuse for spying purposes. Google introduced this feature in July last year, but it was only rolled out in selected countries with the new Find My Device system.

In Apple’s recent update, they stated that devices running iOS 17.5 and Android 6.0 and above now support the Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers feature. Users’ devices will receive a notification “[Item] Found Moving With You” if an object tracker is nearby.

Objects that will be detected include brands such as Chipolo, eufy, Jio, Motorola, and Pebblebee, as well as those adhering to the Internet Engineering Task Force standards.

With this feature, users can identify the identity of the object tracker, and if it is an unknown tracker, instructions on how to disable it will be provided.

Have you ever found an unknown object tracker nearby and felt worried? From now on, you don’t need to worry, and if you frequently travel to foreign countries, it is highly recommended to place such trackers in your backpack.

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