You may have seen news reports of people being notified (by their phone) that an Apple AirTag “has been moving with you for a while”. These AirTags were designed as tracking devices to help owners locate frequently lost items, like a wallet or keys. But with most things designed with the best of intentions, bad actors find ways to exploit them.
Apple’s AirTag is a button-sized device that can be attached to things to keep track of them. They use Bluetooth and Near-field communication (NFC) to anonymously communicate with a nearby iPhone through Apple’s “Find My” feature. In doing so, they can be used to actively monitor the device’s real-time location. Although equipped with security safeguards, AirTags can easily be abused for malicious intent. If you find one in your belongings or attached to your car, remove the device and discard it immediately.