Apple improves AirTag security to prevent harassment using Bluetooth devices, Apple says CBS today. Apple already sends over-the-air ‌AirTags‌ updates that will reduce the time before an unknown AirTag alerts you if it’s in your possession.

Currently, ‌AirTags‌ emit a sound after being away from their owner for three days. After the update, ‌AirTags‌ will start playing at a random time in a window after eight hours and within 24 hours.

Apple is also working on creating an app for Android devices that will allow them to detect an unknown AirTag or Find My item traveling with them, which will prevent ‌AirTags‌ from being used to track Android users.

‌AirTags‌ are designed to emit a sound when moved away from their owner and will also alert iPhone owners if there’s an unknown tag nearby, but Apple has come under fire because its anti-harassment measures aren’t going well far enough. The Washington PostIn May, Geoffrey Fowler wrote an article describing how ‌AirTags‌ could be used for clandestine harassment, and one of his main criticisms was the lack of alerts for ‌iPhone‌ users.

His other criticism was that the three-day sound timer on ‌AirTags‌ resets every time it’s near the owner’s phone, potentially enabling domestic violence and harassment, so Apple is working to address both of these issues.

The Android app will be released later this year, and sound updates for ‌AirTags‌ will automatically be applied when an AirTag is near an ‌iPhone‌.

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