Tile’s Scan and Secure can help prevent its trackers from being used to stalk or track someone. Here’s how to get started on Android and iOS.
In March 2022, Tile introduced anti-stalking features for its trackers, enabling users to check if there is a Tile tracker nearby. Bluetooth trackers like AirTag, Tile, Chipolo, and others have often been used for stalking unsuspecting victims, but Apple has taken the lead in updating its offerings with multiple anti-tracking measures. While Tile was late to the party, the introduction of its new ‘Scan and Secure’ feature is still a welcome move by the company.
Privacy and security concerns surrounding AirTags and similar products have reached such a level that New York Attorney General Letitia James sent out a consumer safety alert to citizens, asking them to watch out for trackers placed on their cars, bags or in coat pockets that could be used to track them without their knowledge. AirTags are even reportedly being used by tech-savvy thieves to steal cars by placing the trackers in areas such as the tow hitch or the fuel cap.
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Tile’s ‘Scan and Secure’ feature enables users to easily scan for and detect nearby Tiles and Tile-enabled devices that are potentially being used to surreptitiously track them. This can also be done with or without a Tile account. To scan for errant Tile trackers, download the latest version of the Tile app from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store. For people without an account, simply tap on the ‘Scan’ button at the top-right corner of the welcome screen. For those who already have the app on their phone, and are logged-in to their Tile account, update to the latest version of the app and then tap ‘Settings’ at the top right corner of the screen. Then scroll down and select ‘Scan and Secure,’ tap ‘Continue’ and follow the on-screen instructions.
Scan And Detect Unwanted Tile Trackers
For the scanning to work correctly, users will have to walk or drive a little distance away from their original location, as the feature does not work properly if only walking in circles within the confines of a small area, like a home. Once activated, a scan needs to run for up to ten minutes for the most accurate results. After the scan is complete, the app will display the results and notify the user if it finds any unexpected Tile trackers are traveling with them, indicating a potential stalking situation.
While Scan and Secure is a much-needed step from Tile to prevent stalking and harassment, it doesn’t go as far as Apple AirTags’ safety features, such as automatically notifying users with alerts or including an alarm sound on the trackers themselves. Tile knows this, and says that it will roll out new updates to offer greater protection going forward. According to Tile, the company will work with “experts and advocacy organizations” to improve the safety features and ensure that its products are not used for illegal purposes.
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