Tech giant Apple has quietly published a safety guide for its new AirTag tracking gadgets.
The tiny, coin-like devices act as trackers for keeping tabs on things like keys, wallets and backpacks.
TheyÂ cost Â£29 each or Â£99 for a pack of four â€“ so theyâ€™re not too expensive to buy.
Unfortuantely, that has made them an attractive tool for stalkers wanting to follow their targets.
Recently, American modelÂ Brooks Nader shared with her Instagram followers that an AirTag had been slipped into her coat.Â
Other reports have emerged in recent weeks of AirTags being used to track people without their knowledge.
Appleâ€™s new user guide has been created for â€˜anyone who is concerned about or experience technology-enabled abuse, stalking or harassment.â€™
It works as a hub comprising things like personal safety checklists, a list of safety and privacy tools and explanations on how to do things like control location access and block unknown sign-in attempts.
â€˜Offering quick checklists and in-depth feature tasks, this resource is designed to help customers experiencing technology-enabled abuse, stalking, or harassment understand the options available across the Apple ecosystem that can help you protect your personal safety,â€™ the guide reads.
â€˜It includes step-by-step instructions on how to remove someoneâ€™s access to information you previously grantedâ€”like location data in theÂ Find MyÂ app, meetings youâ€™ve shared in Calendar, and more.
â€˜It also highlights features you can use to enhance your personal safetyâ€”like how to automatically let a friend know when youâ€™ve arrived home safely and how to quickly engage Emergency SOS.â€™
Apple adds: â€˜This guide will be updated on a regular basis to provide you with the information you need to feel safe and secure while using Apple products.â€™
Since launching in April 2021, Apple has said the AirTags were built with security in mind.
The little white-and-silver coins feature an alarm that triggers if the AirTag detects it is moving with a person.
It also pops up a phone notification to the person to let them know they could be being tracked.
But critics have said these measures werenâ€™t enough to prevent stalking.
Some reviewers raised concerns the beeping sound wasnâ€™t loud enough to hearÂ over normal household noises.
Jake Moore, the former Head of Digital Forensics at Dorset Police who is now the Global Cybersecurity Advisor atÂ ESET, said: â€˜Producing a tracking tool for small non electrical items will inevitably and unfortunately also fuel ideas for anyone wanting to track people.
â€˜Instead of having to purchase a more illicit tracking tool from an underground source, Apple have packaged this bright and cheap device and offered it to the masses in the hope it would not be abused.
â€˜Sadly, there is huge scope for the AirTag to be abused and the antidote once again relies on potential victims having to check their own phones to see if there is a tracker in their vicinity which they should be aware of.â€™
Appleâ€™s guide doesnâ€™t just cover information about AirTags, it also explains safety features around other Apple services, like the companyâ€™s smart home tools and its App Privacy Report.
The guide can be found on Appleâ€™s support website here.