Apple AirTags are great. Attach one to an item you want to keep track of, and that’s then one less thing to worry about.
I love AirTags.
But they can be abused. Or, more specifically, they can be used to abuse people.
AirTags are small and can easily be tucked into a bag, coat pocket, or car by people with bad intentions. And Apple knows this.
Apple has taken a few steps to keep users safe. iPhones running the latest iOS software will warn users if a tag that’s not registered to them is traveling with them. Tags will occasionally emit a weak beep. There’s an app that Android users can download to scan for errant tags that they might have “acquired” from others (this app is far from being great, however, in my experience).
But now there’s another threat facing people: third-party modified AirTags.
And no, I won’t be providing links.
I’ve come across a range of ways AirTags have been modified, from the speaker being disabled to AirTags being dismantled and put into different cases. Some of the modified AirTags look deceptively like regular AirTags, while others look nothing like them.