• Andrée Ng

Are Trackers Dangerous?

Updated: Oct 23


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These days, an increasing number of people are concerned about reducing technology privacy risks in addition to their use of passwords and VPNs. For instance, while the initial intention of location trackers was for a way to track, monitor, or retrieve objects, many users have pointed out that they are being used for more than just that; some of which have malicious intent in tracking people without their knowledge. According to concerned people now speaking out, one of the biggest dangers is the use of trackers to possibly stalk unsuspecting individuals, a huge invasion of privacy and incredibly dangerous.


Stalking with some location trackers is easy


According to the Washington Post, "Apple's AirTag trackers made it frighteningly easy to 'stalk' me in a test." This Consumer Tech article goes on to say, "Apple knows its tiny new lost-item gadget could empower domestic abuse but doesn't do enough to stop it" and "...if someone else slips an AirTag into your bag or car without your knowledge, it could be used to covertly track everywhere you go. Along with helping you find lost items, AirTags are a new means of inexpensive, effective stalking." To be fair, other trackers may have similar consequences and Apple is working on mitigating these potentially harmful situations.


Although some tracking devices have worked at limiting this stalking liability, these protections are still inadequate to date. As an example, a victim would receive an audio alert notification from a hidden AirTag after a period of time. It's already been shown that the speaker can be disabled. Adding insult to injury, similar warnings aren't available for roughly half of Americans who use Android phones.


A feature of location trackers that allows them to help people find lost items is their ability to log the location history of everywhere the trackers have been so that people can backtrack the last known location of their lost items. This is made possible to users via a downloaded application, which records the location of the phone each time it is in communication with a tracker. More recently, trackers like the AirTag and Samsung's SmartTag have the mobile app built into their phones — e.g., the 'Find My' app for iPhones. This makes every iPhone running on the most recent iOS version with the 'Find My' app a device that reports the location of the phone and tracker (AirTag) to the tracker's owner. These tracker apps are used to see where the trackers have traveled and when.


Stalkers have become more aware of this lately and have leveraged this pertinent information to their advantage when spying on others. They know that your phone, and other phones, can received your location data at any time; all they have to do is slip a tracker in your pocket, purse, or in your car without you knowing, and follow you everywhere you go.


Location trackers give precise location data on millions of their users, with some companies even selling this location data for both adults and children to a dozen various data brokers, who in turn provide the information to other third parties, according to The Markup. These such companies are more fixated on their revenue at the expense of the privacy of millions of their users; they don't appear to take the necessary precautions to ensure that user privacy is preserved. It's evident that they are a large source of location data for the industry, as well as marketers.


Prox Devices' Prox PRD® does not track you and it never collects nor sells user data


While other location trackers collect and/or sell their users' location data, the Prox PRD® neither collects nor sells its users' location data, thus giving its users the genuine peace of mind of experiencing 100% privacy. Prox Devices® firmly believes that where you are is your business, and your business only. You won't be stalked with the Prox PRD because there is no location data for any stalker to obtain so, essentially, you're safe with us. The Prox PRD doesn't have an app that needs to be downloaded in order to operate, so no one can follow your every move. The only thing that links the PRD to your phone is a stable, consistent, and reliable Bluetooth connection.


The Prox PRD is not a location tracker, but rather a phone reminder. It pairs perfectly with your phone, as much as peanut butter and jelly go together. The PRD has a built-in smart learning feature that learns the essence of your surroundings wherever you go to ensure the most stable operating frequencies at all times. The great thing about this feature is that although the PRD is constantly learning about the environments that you are in, it is never recording any data with regards to your location. Prox Devices values its users' privacy in the highest regard and would never jeopardize it to boost its revenue.


The PRD has superior memory when it comes to reminding you to not leave your phone behind, but it has the absolute worst memory when it comes to your location data as it never remembers anything, which is a good thing.


Get your Prox PRD® now and find out what all the hype is about!

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