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A mobile way to safety
Aditi Pant, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 25, 2013
First Published: 16:28 IST(25/12/2013)
Last Updated: 16:30 IST(25/12/2013)
A day with apps

We’ve all felt vulnerable while walking alone in the city. Unfortunately, even a year after the horrific December 16 gangrape, safety of women still remains a concern. While we debate about and discuss long-term solutions to the issue, we at least have our daily gadget — the mobile phone — to our rescue. And, giving a fillip to women’s security, many app developers have created safety apps that help you reach out to your family and friends by simply pressing a button. While one app, on being activated, sends out SOS messages to people in your contact list, another unleashes a large scream to alarm the people nearby, and distracts the offender. Put your phone to good use by checking these apps out.

bSafe
This application has a slogan which says: “Never walk alone.” This safety app aims to be your friend in need when you are stuck in a dangerous situation. It sends an SOS message to the chosen contacts on pressing a single button on your cellphone. The application mainly sets up a safety net of ‘Guardians’ — these are the people who receive your distress call. Available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices for free.

Fightback
When in danger, access this application to alert your friends and family about your situation. The app uses facilities such as SMS, GPS, GPRS, emails and Facebook to inform people, once you press the button. When the special button is pressed, it sends an SOS message to your friends and also will be visible to all their other friends. The app is available free of cost on Android and
Nokia devices.

iFollow
This safety app automatically makes voice calls to emergency contacts configured on the device. In an unsafe situation, shake the smartphone thrice within a span of five seconds. This activates the app and sends an automatic voice call to your priority number. If the call goes unattended, the app sends an SMS to all the emergency contacts, and gives your GPS coordinates. Available on Android and iOS for free.

Women safe circle
This is an emergency app that aims to help women stay safe and connected with their pre-selected contacts with a single click. With this app, users can call the selected persons in their contact list during any emergency or simply send an SOS with their GPS coordinates. Available on Windows phones for free. 


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