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New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« on: June 23, 2021, 09:53:54 AM »
The new Apple Air Tag is small enough to hide in your car......if car goes missing you can track it with the Apple Find My Friends app.....no monthly fee....cost 30 bucks each

battery last up to a year.....easy to change.....

https://www.apple.com/airtag/
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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2021, 10:24:49 AM »
Cool! Thank you for sharing this.

Link to buy doesn't have a ton of information tho.

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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2021, 11:16:33 AM »
I would suggest that you watch a few YouTube videos on how these really work before buying one. After watching them I'm not sure this will work as a tracking device if you hide them in your car. They are not really intended to be used on something that is stolen as they emit a binging sound every so often and if the thief has an Iphone it will alert them of the device. Anyway, I was ready to order a few until watching the videos.

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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2021, 11:21:44 AM »
Looks like if the guy has an air tag app he can find yours. All he needs to do is add his and tag your car as his as it moves away he'll be alerted yours is tracking him.

AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.
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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2021, 11:56:56 AM »
I would suggest that you watch a few YouTube videos on how these really work before buying one. After watching them I'm not sure this will work as a tracking device if you hide them in your car. They are not really intended to be used on something that is stolen as they emit a binging sound every so often and if the thief has an Iphone it will alert them of the device. Anyway, I was ready to order a few until watching the videos.

They only ping when you look it up to track it.....

They are paired only to your phone not others...

another Iphone should not be able to detect your Air Tag
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2021, 11:58:53 AM »
Looks like if the guy has an air tag app he can find yours. All he needs to do is add his and tag your car as his as it moves away he'll be alerted yours is tracking him.

AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.

There is no Air Tag app....Its Find My Friends app on an Iphone....the Air Tag is paired only to owners phone not seen by others.....same process for locating a family member is same app....no one else sees your family members location
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2021, 06:13:57 PM »
If my car is only 30 feet away I think I'd see it.
How far away does Apple AirTag work?
33 feet
The device works within Bluetooth range. According to an Apple support page, your iPhone must be within 33 feet of the Bluetooth device. When Find is on, you'll see a green display pop up with an arrow and approximate distance away from your tagged item

Our daughter had the grandson wear a Gizmo watch whenever he was out and about. She (and anyone with the app and permission) could track him. It was accurate right down to where he was in a line at Disneyland.

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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2021, 07:49:19 PM »
Looks like if the guy has an air tag app he can find yours. All he needs to do is add his and tag your car as his as it moves away he'll be alerted yours is tracking him.

AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.

There is no Air Tag app....Its Find My Friends app on an Iphone....the Air Tag is paired only to owners phone not seen by others.....same process for locating a family member is same app....no one else sees your family members location
Sort of but if you leave something far away, the Apple Big Brother spy network can find it, ping the location to iCloud and notify you where it is on a map.

If someone stole your car and had an iPhone, they would also be alerted there is an Airtag if they are part of the network

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https://www.apple.com/airtag/

"When youʼve left something far behind, like at the beach or the gym, the Find My network — hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices around the world — helps track down your AirTag. And itʼs designed to protect your privacy every step of the way.

Your AirTag sends out a secure Bluetooth signal that can be detected by nearby devices in the Find My network. These devices send the location of your AirTag to iCloud — then you can go to the Find My app and see it on a map. The whole process is anonymous and encrypted to protect your privacy. And itʼs efficient, so thereʼs no need to worry about battery life or data usage."

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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2021, 08:54:11 PM »
Ok here we go this if how I understand it from reading Apples write up on the Air Tag

They are marketing them for things that get lost that are important like luggage, purse, wallet, backpack etc….
Sooo let’s say you put one in a luggage bag and you fly to France…….you get there no luggage…….so you go to Find My Friends Apple app and you see it’s in New York………you have several choices ( see picture of actual screen shot of one in my car)

You can TURN ON A PING so someone will notice it or NOT.

The way this thing works is YES it has to be in Bluetooth range of ANY IPHONE……….Apple states there are over a BILLION IPhone s in the world using the find my friend app…….so catch this……this technology has been available from day 1 to Apple ( they know more about you then your wife)

So whenever ( could be an hour, day, month) someone with an IPhone with Bluetooth on walks in range of the Air Tag the magic starts……….that Air Tag was paired ONLY to your phone……..so a signal starts to travel from phone to phone to tower to iCloud until it reaches you half way around the world because it’s knows your unique iPhone serial number.
And just like that you found the missing item…….now you can choose to make it ping so someone will notice it……or call the cops, or go get it yourself.

See screen shot of my Air Tag I blacked out the location……..
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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2021, 10:14:42 AM »
I don't believe this device would be effective for theft recovery. Per Apple:


"AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.
[/color]Of course, if you happen to be with a friend who has an AirTag, or on a train with a whole bunch of people with AirTag, don’t worry. These alerts are triggered only when an AirTag is separated from its owner."[/size]
Imagine you are the thief and you have an iPhone with AirTag tracking "turned on". As you speed away with your new acquisition your iPhone alerts you that someone else's AirTag is travelling with you and is separated from the iPhone it was paired with. So you pull over and begin searching the car. Eventually the AirTag starts beeping and you find it. Then you chuck it in the nearest trash can (or another vehicle) and take off secure in the knowledge that the owner can't track you any longer.
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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2021, 10:18:10 AM »


I am using it but if you don't want to spend 30 bucks to put in a car you leave overnight somewhere then don't buy it

To me if worths a try vs paying 25-30 bucks a month for an active GPS tracker.........
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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2021, 10:42:48 AM »
I prefer the Trunk Monkey. Guaranteed to work and will make you smile!

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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2021, 02:51:18 PM »
I prefer the Trunk Monkey. Guaranteed to work and will make you smile!

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The "anti theft"  Trunk Monkey is one of the all-time best.  It's not enough to just wack the thief over the head a few times.  A good Trunk Monkey, disposes of the body!

In the hiking/backpacking world, these are being used to track backpacks.  Many establishments do NOT want stinky backpacks inside their store or restaurant.  They usually have a place for hikers to "stash" the pack.  But they have been know to walk off!  High-Tech backpacking gear is expensive and once stolen, the hike is shut down for a week or more while they drop $$$ replacing $300 sleeping bags and such.

That all said, I have IPHONES.  My wife can be 200 miles away from me (her in east of Dallas and me out in the wilderness on a 10 mile hike) and I can open "Find My IPHONE" and see down to the block, where she is.  And she can "see" me.  These little devices look to be using the same technology. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2021, 09:46:20 PM »
I prefer the Trunk Monkey. Guaranteed to work and will make you smile!

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Trunk Monkey.  8)

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Re: New anti theft device no monthly fee-cost is 30 bucks
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2021, 06:28:38 AM »
The Air Tag is silent at ALL times.........unless you turn it on......see picture I posted of the app.....

the unwanted tracking.....means the thief won't know its in your car....

Guys.....don't buy it then........

I am using it but if you don't want to spend 30 bucks to put in a car you leave overnight somewhere then don't buy it

To me if worths a try vs paying 25-30 bucks a month for an active GPS tracker.........
Thanks, Stu, for the heads up. I am going to talk to my son's wife about this as she works for Apple and is a product specialist. Yeah, I get some good prices on Apple products. I'm not an Apple person but now I own an Ipod(not using it much anymore), Ipad, Iphone and a new Ipad for my wife(mine is old and not supported anymore). She has an Iphone(My last 2 were hand me downs from my kids but hers was bought new). Did i say I'm not an apple person? LOL. I will never own an IMAC(famous last words?) Gary
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