Watch out for the creepy ‘stalking’ pop-up this week – and what to do about it

CREEPY stalker alerts popping up on people’s iPhones are causing panic for nothing.

Apple’s attempt to make its AirTag device more secure appears to have unintended consequences, with users reporting bogus pop-ups on their phones.

Stalkers have been known to abuse the AirTag device


Stalkers have been known to abuse the AirTag devicePhoto credit: Getty

AirTags are meant to be a useful coin-sized gadget to help you find everyday items like your keys.

But the technology has been tarnished by controversy since launch, with cases of individuals using it tracking down.

Just last week we heard about the horrifying incident of a girl being stalked by a man for four hours while visiting Disney World.

In response, the tech giant rolled out a number of improvements to alert people to whether an AirTag could track their movements.

But some have received scary tracking warnings when they’re probably not being tracked at all.

Phantom AirTag alerts have rattled people up in the middle of the night, causing unnecessary panic and concern.

False cases appear to follow a similar pattern, with red lines appearing on the map in unrealistic ways for a person or object to take, e.g. B. through walls or building zones.

Ryan McClain, 25, told The Wall Street Journal he woke up to one of the warnings in April.

He and his fiancee were nervous after endless searches, asking a mechanic to look under their car and checking in the evenings to see if their neighbors owned one.

But they found nothing.

“It was a shock to my morning,” he revealed.

“I was like, ‘Who would want to stalk me? Who would want to hurt me?'”

Despite the problem, experts warn that you shouldn’t try to turn them off on your iPhone.

John DeCarlo of the University of New Haven – and former police chief – said: “Getting false alarms with technology is a common occurrence.

“If you turn off the notifications, you will be left without the benefits.”

Apple thinks phantom alerts could be due to Wi-Fi signals temporarily confusing how Location Services works.

This can be fixed by going to settingsfollowed by privacythen location serviceswhere you can turn it off if you have Wi-Fi enabled on your phone.

The tech giant also warned that people living in densely populated areas could receive alerts from others living nearby.

AirTags were released by Apple in April 2021


AirTags were released by Apple in April 2021Photo credit: Getty
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Chris Barrese

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