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Woman Raises Awareness About Tracking After Finding An AirTag On Her Car

Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways, but there's also a dark side to this level of convenience.

A TikToker recently sounded the alarm after finding a tracking device hidden on her car.

It's a powerful reminder of the importance of being aware and staying safe.

This is an AirTag.

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It shows an Apple one, but various companies make them. Basically, they contain a GPS tracker that makes it impossible to lose them. Attach one to your keychain and you'll never lose your keys again.

Of course, as you can imagine, there are less benign ways to use these devices.

Ashley Estrada had a scary experience.

Ashley, who owns a small business in Los Angeles and maintains an active social media presence, found an Apple AirTag device on her car. It was well-hidden, too — tucked behind the license frame, where almost no one would think to look.

Her phone alerted her to its presence.

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I'm not in the habit of checking behind my car's license plate holder for tracking devices, and I'm guessing you aren't either.

Ashley wouldn't have looked if her phone hadn't alerted her to an unknown AirTag nearby.

The discovery had her and her friend combing through the car.

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It must be incredibly unnerving to know that someone is keeping tabs on you through tracking technology. Ashley doesn't know who put the device on her car, nor does she know what their rationale may have been.

There's a safeguard.

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As detailed in the comments, there's a security feature designed to alert users to the presence of unknown tracking devices in their area.

It's nice that it worked in this situation, but things might have gone unchecked if Ashley didn't have an iPhone.

It's a scary situation.

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Commenters on Ashley's videos expressed relief that she was able to discover the device and stay safe. As always, it's a powerful reminder of the insidious ways that technology can make things less safe.

What do you think?

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Make sure to check out Ashley's original video below, then share your thoughts in the comments section.

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