September 24, 2016 Leave a comment Innovative ways your phone can help you get home safely By Kim Komando, Komando.com Have you ever had the feeling that someone was following you? Or maybe you were out with a group and suddenly found yourself surrounded by strangers. It’s not safe to go for a walk, shop, exercise or drive alone anymore.You have one gadget that can let others watch over you and in the event of an emergency, summon help. But your phone must have the tools before you need them. After you read about the tools, take the next step and put them on your phone. It may save your life someday. Be sure to share this article with family and friends, especially anyone living alone and college students. Just remember, nothing is a substitute for common sense and good planning.Reach out to friends or the local police for helpWhen you are walking alone, use the Companion app (Apple, Android; Free). The premise is simple, but the execution is genius.You start by entering your destination. Next, add friends or family members as your companions. Anyone can be a companion. They don’t need to have the app installed on their phone.Companions receive a text message with a link to an online map showing your destination. The map refreshes as you move and shows your position in relation to your destination. When you arrive safely, your companions receive a confirmation message.Along the way, if you are uneasy, you can tap the “I feel nervous” button. Your companions get a notification to call you.If you go off course, fall, start running or suddenly remove your headphones, the app asks if you're all right. You have 15 seconds to press a button saying you're fine.If you don't push the “I’m Okay” button, the app sounds an alarm and gives you the option to contact the police.Next page: Keep the police on standby and have a check-in buddy Continued on next page123Next View All BREAKING NEWS, TIPS, AND MORE LIKED WHAT YOU READ? GET MORE IN YOUR INBOX FREE. Stay up-to-date the easy way. SIGN ME UP! Leave a comment Previous Columns How to get the internet performance you're paying for Next Columns Facebook Live: How to broadcast like a pro Related Articles 10 must-have apps for your phone How to remove viruses from your iPhone or iPad Is a cheap smartphone good enough? Cellphone spying: Is someone seeing your photos, texts, calls and more?