Android users have virtually no protection against AirTag stalking – and Apple needs to fix this

Apple has a long history of trying to ignore Android’s existence whenever possible. At best, Android is an afterthought, but at other times, Apple’s willful ignorance can have dire consequences. The controversy surrounding Apple AirTags, and how easily they can be exploited for stalking, is one such example.

AirTags’ greatest strength, the sheer reach of Apple’s Find My network, is also its greatest weakness. Because there are so many iPhones in the world, and because each iPhone can detect nearby AirTags, tracking down a lost AirTag is significantly easier than a competing tracker. They can only be detected by phones with the relevant app installed, which are much fewer.