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Here’s how Google protects you from spy airtacks

Apple created the lighthouse Air tag In order to allow its users to easily find lost items. From the release, the company made it clear that the product is designed to track products, but not people or animals.

In addition, measures have been taken to prevent the use of airdocks to spy. But despite this, the media reported many stories of people who discovered they were being tracked using Apple’s tag.

If you use an iPhone, you will be much more protected

As mentioned above, Apple has taken steps to ensure that its product is not used for spying purposes. When the airdock moves away from its owner, the tag constantly emits a sound so that the spy can be alerted.

But on top of that, iPhones will automatically detect airtacks and let their owners know if they are being tracked by a tag. On Android, this is more complicated. In fact, for now, to protect yourself from AirDac spies, you must first download the application that Apple provides in the Play Store and manually (and consistently) perform a “scan” to find out if AirDake is nearby.

This is far from practical. And because of this, users of the Android operating system are more vulnerable.

Google integrates the detection system directly into Android, there are no apps to download

The good news is, Google seems to be aware of this problem. Currently, the company is developing the Bluetooth beacon detection feature (not only to detect air tags, but also tile beacons) directly on the Android OS.

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In a recently published article, 9to5 was explained by our colleagues from Google. The site states that by digging into the code of the Google app, Google has figured out how to protect its users against AirTags or other Bluetooth beacons.

Information detected by 9to5Google suggests that the new feature may alert the user if an “unknown device” is detected or the “unknown” tag is detected. In addition, the writing strings suggest that this feature will specifically target AirTags and Tile products.

As the source of this information points out, this innovation is still in development, so it is unknown when it will be available. But anyway, thanks to this feature, Android users no longer have to download the Apple app to protect themselves from spy airtacks.

Furthermore, we believe that the detection of Bluetooth beacons on Android will be done automatically and that the user will not have to “manually” start a “scan” to detect unknown devices or beacons.

As a reminder, if this detection function is possible, it’s because AirTac beacons and tile products use Bluetooth technology, rather than GPS. If a user loses his beacon, it emits a Bluetooth signal that is detected by other devices. This makes it possible to relay the geolocation to the owner.