7 Mobile Apps That Will Help You Protect Yourself
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 12, 2019 9:10am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Armed men in SUVs who kidnap people are not old news. These reports always leave us scared and uncertain about the safety outside of our homes. What’s more, we’ve become afraid of walking alone down the empty streets. But we can’t let fear prevent us from coming to work, school, or meeting our friends.
So, here are seven smartphone applications that will come in handy when you feel threatened or if you just want to feel extra safe.
With Life360, you can ensure your loved one’s safety. This GPS phone locator and tracker connects you to your friends and family. It is now easier to know if your child, sibling, or parents arrived at their destination safely or on their way home.
Kinetic global, formerly Lifeline Response, is a great option for security. You can activate the app by holding your thumb on your screen until you get to your destination. Once you’ve arrived, input your code to disable the alarm. If you are not able to, the app will alert authorities and family members about your location.
Bsafe ensures you that you would never walk alone, especially in times when you feel threatened. You can open Bsafe’s SOS through voice activation—a convenient way when your mobile device is in your bag or pocket. Once the SOS button is activated, your guardians will be able to see your whereabouts through live stream and GPS. Bsafe also alerts your loved ones if you haven’t checked in on time.
If you are unsure about a new city you are in, Safetipin will be your guide. This app gathers ratings (which depend on lighting, openness, crowd, etc.) from users around the world, letting other users know about potentially dangerous places. You can open the Stay With Me button to let your loved ones about your location. You can also add your own rating.
This app allows the user to add family or friends as trusted contacts. Your trusted contacts can ask for your location. But if you are in a safe condition, you can deny the request. If you can’t respond at the moment, Trusted Contacts will share your last known location within a custom timeframe. This feature works even if you’re offline or your phone is out of battery.
Kickboxing is not just a way to burn calories, it can also come in handy when it comes to defending yourself. So here’s an app that may help you to punch and in case of an attack.
Quick Self Defense
Available on Playstore
This app will teach you to defend yourself against an assault through videos for free. It lists a set of rules and steps for your convenience. It is also available in 20 languages. In no time, you’ll be fighting off the bad guys.
No matter how cautious we can be, we’ll never know when the bad guys will attack. It’s always best to be prepared. Never be complacent with a new place and as much as possible, do not walk alone. Keep safe!