Android users have virtually no protection against AirTag harassment – and Apple needs to fix it


Apple has long tried to ignore the existence of Android whenever possible. Android is an afterthought at best, but at other times Apple’s willful ignorance can have serious repercussions. One example is the controversy surrounding Apple AirTags and the ease with which they can be exploited for stalking.

AirTags’ greatest strength, the breadth of Apple’s Find My network, is also its greatest weakness. Because there are so many iPhones in the world, and every iPhone can detect nearby AirTags, finding a lost AirTag is much easier than a competing tracker. They can only be detected by phones that have the appropriate app installed, of which there are far fewer.