Women and children are the most vulnerable members of the society. They have been victims of violent crime like sexual assault, rape and domestic violence – even collateral damage in wars, which is difficult to control. According to a social research carried out by Assocham Social Development Foundation, 53% have complaint of insecurity at their workplace. However, these crimes can be controlled if stringent laws are put in place, while we can avoid being a victim if we follow some precautionary measures. Moreover, in this age of technological development, women can arm themselves some useful tools, like smartphone apps, which can help them to stay away from untoward incidents. Following are some of the apps that are specifically developed keeping in mind women security.
Designed by women for women; WatchMe 911 is an app for your personal protection, which can be customized according to the users’ specific needs. The app – designed for iPhone users – has four main features which could be set according to your preferences.
Place the icon on your smartphone’s Home screen, so that it is no difficult to locate while cursing through your menu page. Tap the icon twice to call 911 in an emergency situation. Another useful feature of this app is the “Panic” mode button. Upon pressing that icon, text messages and emails are sent to the person you want to contact in emergency. The contact details of the concerned person(s) are saved in the settings already. In addition to the sending messages, the app also informs the concerned person about your GPS location. Another useful feature is “Monitor Me”, which works as a safety measure for situations you are doubtful about. The last feature, “I’ve arrived” is a reminder set to inform your friends and family when you reach the destination.
An Indian IT company called MindHelix Technologies LLP has come up with an app, Sentinel, which is the designed specifically for women’s security. The app is quite useful, as it can send an alert alarm, which is triggered in unusual circumstances; for example if your phone is switched off forcefully or the application is not exit properly. Similarly, if there is no signal for a prolonged period, the app will send multiple text messages to email ids and contact numbers which are pre-configured. The alert messages would include information regarding your location, direction of travel and your vehicle number (if any). This app is compatible with Android, iOS and Symbian operating systems.
Circle of 6
Women with an iPhone can avail the services of the app, Circle of 6. Although specifically designed for college students, this app is equally beneficial for high school girls and professional women. The user friendly app allows the girls to raise alert in an emergency or threatening situation. It’s easy-to-use and makes the process swift and no trouble at all. Upon tapping the icon of the app twice, it generates pre-programmed text messages to six contacts, whose contact details are pre-configured. These messages will include the location, address or a request to call back to avoid any tensed situation. Besides from specific, customized messages; the app also contains numbers of emergency help lines like the 911. iPhone users can avail this magnificent app for free, which is awarded “Apps Against Abuse” by the Department of Health and Human Services, White House.
bSafe is a safety alarm button that triggers in time of emergency or threatened and tensed situations. Just like its slogan “Never walk alone”, this app is like a security net for you that send alarm messages when you are in danger. The contacts saved in the settings of the app, as “Guardians” are sent text messages with the location and pre-configured alert message. The free version of bSafe allows the app to send message to three Guardians, while unlimited Guardians can be added if the user updates to premium version. Including the text message, there is an option of generating a Fake Incoming Call with time intervals of 5 seconds to 10 minutes. The premium version of bSafe costs $1.99 per month or $14.99 annually.
Hailing a random cab at late hours of night is not secured, particularly for women. Cab4me is an app designed for women to book a cab from secured source, anytime, anywhere. This mobile cab finder app is dispensable for your use at a single click. By clicking the icon of this app, it will give you options of nearby cabbies and cab stands, saving your time and protecting you at the same time. This app is available in Android and iOS smartphone for free and premium versions. However, it is strongly recommended that Android users should install anti-virus before downloading any app because of its vulnerability towards Android spyware and other malicious malware.
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