Silent ‘Stealth Mode’ AirTags Selling Online Amid Tracking Issues

Set of Apple Airtags, illustration of a blue, red and brown leather AirTag keychain (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Are you being followed without knowing it? Apple’s AirTags have become a concern after several recent reports of unwanted tracking. The devices pose potential security risks because they are affordable, easy to conceal, and now completely silent.

Unlike similar devices, like the Tile tracker, AirTags can track at much further distances using Apple’s Find My Phone network. Upgraded AirTags now beep when a device that is not registered for an individual user is nearby. However, AirTags with speakers disabled have recently been seen for sale on Etsy, PCMag reports.

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The listing, which has since been removed, advertised “Silent Apple AirTag – Speaker Off, Stealth Mode, Mute” and priced at just over $75. Regular AirTags are $29.

Unwanted tracking has been reported by people in several states, including Tennessee, where resident Ellie Tindall told NewsNation Now she realized an AirTag had been used to track her vehicle in the event of a potential theft. She also said police have noted that the tracking sometimes doesn’t stop there.

“The cops were saying they were going to put it on your car,” Tindall said. “So they will follow you to your house and then they will be connected to your car, so when you leave your car they will also break into your house.

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Meanwhile, PCMag reports that an eBay listing advertises an AirTag without sound, “So it doesn’t ring when it’s away from you, such as if it’s left in a car or bike. or with a family member! Reduces the chances of a thief being told of their hidden location!

Apple notes that AirTags are “designed to discourage unwanted tracking”.

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