The dark side of Apple’s AirTags has resurfaced and this time the incident took place at Disney World. According to FOX WOFL Affiliate
in Orlando, Jennifer Gaston and her daughter Madison were among the last visitors to leave the Magic Kingdom on a recent evening when Madison received a terrifying notification on her iPhone. The notification said: “AirTag found moving with you”.
Rogue AirTag terrorizes a family at Disney World
“We were terrified, confused, hurt and scared,” Jennifer Gaston said. And to make matters even scarier, as one of the last Disney World guests to leave the park that night, after leaving the monorail, they walked through a nearly empty parking lot. The mum admitted she was “keep it clueless” as she had no idea what an AirTag was. But her 17-year-old daughter knew, and she tapped on her iPhone screen to reveal that the mother and daughter had been followed throughout the park for four hours.
It was definitely a nerve-wracking trip on the tram back to their car. After shaking out their clothes, the Gastons jumped into their vehicle, called the cops and drove to the hotel where they said. At the hotel, Madison’s iPhone showed the AirTag was still in their parking spot at Disney. “As she (Madison) was refreshing it, it showed the AirTag was still in our parking spot, so somehow when we were frantically shaking our clothes and throwing everything out of our bags , he fell,” Jennifer said.
“This story could have ended differently,” Gaston said. “I praise God we got the result we got, but that’s because she (Madison) was diligent and aware of what needed to be done.”
Earlier this month we told you that Motherboard had analyzed 150 police reports involving AirTags
filed within a recent eight-month period. Less than half of the reports filed involved theft or theft of an item, while the remaining cases involved harassment or harassment of women using AirTags. In 50 cases, the women called the cops after receiving a notification like the one Madison Gaston received.
In the majority of cases, victims found the rogue AirTags in their cars or heard them beep. It was also discovered that in most cases, the person who planted the AirTag was a former partner or ex-boyfriend of the person being tracked.
To make sure your iPhone will send you a notification when you’re being tracked by an AirTag that doesn’t belong to you, turn on Bluetooth and make sure the “Find My” app is installed. Then go to Settings > Privacy and make sure location services is “On” and tap on it. This will take you to a list of apps.
Apple’s Tracker Detect app for Android phones is available on the Google Play Store
Scroll to the end of the list and tap System Services. On the next page that appears, make sure Find My iPhone and Important Locations are both turned on. Open the Find My app and tap “Me” and customize tracking notifications. Make sure Allow Notifications is enabled. Sure, it’s a pain, but as the Gastons showed us, it’s worth it, because installing this could save your life.
Now suppose you have an Android phone? East Apple so callous it doesn’t care about people using Android instead of iOS? No, this is not the case.
Apple has developed an application called Tracker Detect which can be found in the Google Play Store
. According to Apple’s description of the app, “Tracker Detect searches for item trackers that are separate from their owner and compatible with Apple’s Find My network. These item trackers include AirTag and compatible devices from other companies. If you think someone is using AirTag or another device to track your location, you can scan to try to find them.”
There is a glitch with Tracker Detect that Android users should be aware of. The app must be open for this to work.