More than 95% of 18-29-year-olds have cell phones in the United States. This means that if you're ever in a scary situation, there's a high chance you'll have your phone on you.
While your phone is handy for keeping in touch with friends and family, it can also be crucial for your personal safety. Read on to learn how.
Think of something you'd like to do on your phone, and it's likely that there's an app for that. But you may have previously been unaware that your phone can help you stay safe.
Here are the 3 best apps to keep you safe while you're out in the world:
bSafe is free for both Android and Apple IOS. It includes many different features and can be used for a variety of different things. You can use it to alert friends that you've arrived home, set up fake phone calls for awkward situations, and send information if your GPS location changes.
If you're suddenly in a dangerous situation, the app can help here too. You can use the alarm to scare off an attacker, while your phone will automatically begin broadcasting your GPS location and video.
You can either activate your alarm manually or consider using a Follow Me Time mode. If you don't check in before the timer runs out, it will send an emergency message- perfect for late nights etc. The only issue with this app is that friends and family members who you'd like to designate to be notified all have to download the app and create a profile.
This app works a little differently. It's a web-based service and will check in with you. If you don't respond, it will send an alert to any pre-selected contacts. These are sent by SMS and you can customize the message on the website.
You'll get a check in message, and if you fail to respond within 5 minutes, the app will alert your contacts. You can even set duress codes and check-in words so the app will work even if someone else has your phone.
The Life360 Family Locator is great for parents, as it helps ensure your kids are safe. Load the app onto everyone's smartphones, and set up Place Alerts. These will let you know when your kids arrive home, and allow you to check where your family members are at all times.
The free service gives you two places for your alerts, while the premium version gives you 100 places. For people who commute to and from work, the Life360DriverProtect is also awesome and will add roadside assistance, emergency response, and crash detection.
As you can see there are some excellent apps on the market to help with your personal safety. While there are many other things you can do to keep yourself safe, such as avoiding walking with headphones in your ears and staying aware of your surroundings, these apps can definitely be the icing on your personal safety cake.
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