Cybersecurity Awareness Month Tip - AirTag, AirPods, or Find My network accessory stalking
What is AirTag, AirPods, or Find My network accessory stalking and what can I do if I get an alert that a device is moving with me?
Like almost any technological improvement, there is potential for nefarious intentions. AirTags, for example, were designed to help you keep track of your things. However, AirTag, AirPods, or Find My network accessories are trackable by the owner. And that means that if they are with you, then the owner knows where you are.
So Air stalking, or Find My stalking, is unwanted tracking due to a small device (the Apple AirTag, for example, slightly larger than a quarter) planted on one of your belongings (your backpack, car, jacket pocket, purse, wallet, etc.). Therefore, if you see a message on your iPhone telling you AirTag Found Moving With You, there are things you should do immediately.
The below steps are excerpted from the following Apple Support article: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212227
Find the unknown AirTag, AirPods, or Find My network accessory
- Tap the alert.
- Tap Continue and tap Play Sound.
- Listen for the sound; play it again if you need more time to find the device.
- If the option to play the sound isn't available, the device may no longer be with you.
- If you found the AirTag, hold the top of your iPhone or smartphone near the white side of the AirTag until a notification appears.
- Tap the notification, which will open a website providing information about the AirTag including the serial number and the last 4 digits of the phone number of the person who registered it. This will help identify the owner. You should screenshot this information to make sure you can document the information and provide it to law enforcement (DPS) later.
- If the owner marked the AirTag as lost, you may see a message with information how to contact the owner. Please avoid contacting the owner. For safety reasons this may not be a good idea.
- To disable the AirTag (so you are no longer tracked), tap the Instructions to disable link and follow the onscreen steps.
- After the AirTag is disabled, the owner can no longer get updates on its current location, and you will also no longer receive unwanted tracking alerts for the device.
Related Web Site : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212227
For more information, contact IT Help Desk / (203) 254-4069 / email@example.com