“Apps Against Abuse” Technology Challenge—this is one of the more popular personal safety apps. Pick six friends or family members to be in your circle, then every time you need to be picked up or want them to call/text you, you can hit the car, phone, or chat icons in the app. There’s also a danger button that you can activate to reach hotlines for victims of sexual or domestic abuse.
Scream Alarm (free)
This is a very simple app.The phone screams loudly in a woman’s voice on push of a single button.. Of course, you wouldn’t want to accidentally push this when you’re out, but everyone’s been in a situation where they would feel safer knowing their finger is poised over that attention-getting button.
Its a free app with lot of free features .For example: You can set up a network of family and friends (dubbed “guardians” in the app) who can then follow you home via a GPS trace—kind of like how you can follow an Uber driver who’s about to pick you up. There’s also an emergency alarm that you can hit, which will then send your exact location to your guardians while also recording audio and video from your phone, which gives you the opportunity to present it to police later if you need it. There is one small downside to this app however: The battery gets drained faster because of the GPS running.
Red Panic Button (free)
Just like the Circle of 6 app but with fewer features, this simple download sends your location via a Google Maps link to emergency contacts (which you enter when you set up the app) any time you press the red panic button. You can also opt to set up emailed panic alerts with more information such as the local time, or Twitter and Facebook panic buttons, which will tweet an emergency message from your account or post as your status once enabled.
Instead of requiring you to hit a button to send out an emergency alert, the app activates when you simply shake your phone, even if the cell is locked. Shaking will turn on your alarm and video camera and send an alert to emergency contacts. Unimaginable !
Kitestring isn’t an app, but basically a text-message service that checks up on you when you’re out—kind of like an overprotective mother. If you don’t check in with Kitestring by text, it sends a personalized alert message to your listed emergency contact. Not a bad idea when you’re going on a date with a stranger or walking through a shady neighborhood, right? Also, because it’s not an app, there’s nothing you need to download.
After being the victim of an armed robbery while in college, co founder Robb Monkman got to work on an app that would discreetly call for help when you’re in a scary situation. What he came up with is a little key-ring device that pairs with an app on your phone via Bluetooth, so you can get help faster if your phone’s locked or out of reach when you need help. Hitting a button on the device will send an alert to your network so they know where you are and that you need help.
SOS Stay Safe (free)