One of the biggest concerns most smartphone users have at present is the horrifying dilemma of being tracked by someone else. The idea that someone somewhere is tracking and spying on you can be really scary. To address this issue Apple has introduced a brand new feature in their latest software update. The latest iOS 14.5 update notifies users if being tracked and has helped improve the security and privacy of users.
This brand new feature is called “Item Safety Alerts”. According to reports by the ever so reliable 9to5Mac this brand new feature will be integrated to the Find My app and apples rumored AirTags Trackers.
What are AirTags ?
AirTags are small tracking tiles with Bluetooth connectivity that can be used to find lost items. There are several similar products on the market, such as Tile and Adero, but Apple’s version will be more deeply integrated with Apple devices.
Apple is working on a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device that’s designed to be attached to items like keys and wallets for tracking purposes, letting you find them right in the Find My app. Based on assets found in various versions of iOS and trademarking details dug up by MacRumors, Apple seems to be planning to call its tracking accessory the “AirTag.”
How does Item Safety Alerts in iOS 14.5 work
With the Find My app and Apple’s rumored AirTags trackers, Item Safety Alerts would notify users if an unknown item was found to be moving with them.
That “unknown item” would mean an AirTag not registered to the person’s Apple ID. The concern is that a bad actor could toss an AirTag into a bag or car and track the owner’s whereabouts without their knowledge.
For those unconcerned with AirTags or those who might share them with others in their household, alerts can be turned off, 9to5Mac says. Before doing so, there’s a warning from Apple letting users know they’ll no longer receive notifications for any unidentified items.