Many different apps exist for personal and home safety. Some send alerts in case of break in. Others take advantage of home automation systems. The sheer number of apps and their uses are astonishing. Here are just a few:
- SOS StaySafe App
This app allows you to send an emergency message to your friends and family by shaking the mobile phone. It sends a text message or email to specifically selected contacts with your name, exact location, and battery level. This message will continue to be sent at regular intervals until deactivated.
- VithU App
This safety app for Android sends an SOS text message when you press the power button twice. Your contacts will receive alerts every two minutes with your physical location.
This app is designed to keep you in touch with your friends 24/7. This app shares your location with friends and triggers an automatic alarm if you have not checked in on time. It will even send you a fake call to help dodge an unwanted situation.
- Life360 Family Locator App
This app allows you to create circles and add people to them to examine locations on a confidential map. This way you’ll always be able to keep track of your family members and confirm that they are safe.
- iCare Health Monitor
This app is designed to measure physiological parameters using your cell phone. It measures blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, oxygen, vision, hearing, lung capacity, and other physical data to keep you aware.
- S Health
This app records and analyzes your daily activities to help maintain a successful diet and lead a healthier lifestyle. It also allows the user to search for health issues and find help for them.
This app is based on a web service that checks in with you and sends alerts to pre-selected contacts if you fail to respond. These alerts are sent through SMS text messages so the service can work with the most basic phones.
This app was created with input from Search and Rescue professionals. This app is designed for runners, hikers, cyclists, and other people who don’t want to take their phone when they’re not home. If the owner doesn’t check in after a certain period, contacts are alerted.
- SafeTrek App
This is an emergency app that lets you alert the police if you are in an unsafe situation but also has a failsafe in case you don’t need emergency help. The app is launched if you place your thumb on the “Safe button”. If you move your thumb from the button, it will prompt you to enter a 4-digit code. If you don’t answer the code, the police will be notified. If you answer the code correctly, nothing will happen. This is a discreet way to be ready in case a situation is questionable.
- Samsung Galaxy’s Safety Assistance
This is one of the features installed in the Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, and S7. This is a built-in emergency tool that lets you quickly notify pre-determined contacts that you may be in trouble. You can configure the settings of this feature by going into the settings on your phone. This can turn on an SOS alert by setting the lock button 3 times. Your location, a picture from your camera, and a brief voice recording will be sent.
- React Mobile
This app turns your smartphone into a powerful lifeline. It features a “Follow-Me” feature that lets you share your GPS location with friends and family so they can track your whereabouts in real-time and follow you to safety. This app is perfect for running alone, meeting new clients, keeping track of loved ones, and walking home alone at night.
- MyHome from AMSA
Created by Atlanta security company, Alarm Monitoring Service of Atlanta, it enables you to connect with your home automation system. It allows you to set the security system as “armed” or “disarmed”. It can alert you if there is motion activity on the property. If for some reason there is a power failure or if a window is left open, this app will alert you. You will also be sent a text alert if there is any flooding. MyHome allows you to control your lighting and climate as well.
By downloading a few safety apps, you can better protect yourself and keep your home safe.