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Stay safe with Find my Friends and two other crucial personal security apps

Stay safe with Find my Friends and two other crucial personal security apps
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Keeping children safe is the number one priority for parents and grandparents alike. It can be an extremely difficult task nowadays.

Not only do we have to worry about them when they leave the house, but also what they're doing online. There are predators lurking around every corner of the internet and the real world.

That makes it critical to be able to keep track of their comings and goings. Not knowing if they've reached their destination safely can be a huge cause for concern. Now, there is an app that can easily help you find them.

The Find My Friends app allows you to locate family and friends using your gadget.

Simply install the app and invite your family or friends to share locations. Just add them from your phone contacts or enter their email address.

Once a person accepts your invitation to use the app on their gadget, you can begin following their location and they can send a quick request to follow yours. If you decide you don't want to be followed at any time, you can hide your location with a single switch.

The app lets you set up location-based alerts that can notify you automatically when a friend arrives at the airport, a child leaves school, or a family member arrives safely at home. It's a great resource to help keep your children safe. Family and friends can also receive alerts notifying them of changes in your location.

Here are some of Find My Friends features:

  • Easily locate family and friends
  • Location-based notifications
  • Simple privacy controls
  • Parental restrictions
  • Share your location temporarily or permanently
  • Use phone number or email address to share your location and invite friends to share back

The app is available for free on both iOS and Android gadgets. Newer iPhones come with the app pre-installed, but if you're using iOS 8 or newer and it's not already on your gadget you can download it from the App Store.

Click here to download the Find My Friends app for iOS. Click here to download the app for Android.

bSafe - Personal Safety app

The world can be a frightening place, especially at night. Kidnappings, muggings and carjackings are all too common these days.

Luckily, you're most likely carrying a life-saving device with you at all times. I'm talking about your smartphone. With the right app, these handy gadgets can be used to keep you secure.

The bSafe - Personal Safety App is designed to keep you and your friends safer 24/7.

The app is loaded with features for both everyday safety and real emergencies. bSafe puts safety in your hands and it's free.

Here are some the app's features:

  • Set up your own social personal safety network of friends and family.
  • Share locations when you'd like to find each other safely.
  • Ask friends to walk you home with Follow Me's live GPS trace from wherever they are.
  • Use Timer Mode to program an automatic alarm that will trigger if you have not checked in on time.
  • Use I'm Here to tell selected people your location.
  • When in serious trouble the Guardian Alert button will immediately notify your friends and family members that you need help and let them know where you are through GPS and what's happening through video. It will even set off an optional siren.

The app is free for both iOS and Android gadgets.

Click here to download for iOS. Click here to download for Android.

Video Armor: Police Camera

Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better. Most newer gadgets come equipped with both front and rear-facing cameras that take amazing pictures.

Dual-lenses, more megapixels, optical and digital zooms and HD video recording are just a few of the modern features found on today's smartphone cameras. They are such high-quality devices that you're able to take near professional quality photos. This comes in handy when you're on vacation and want to capture high-quality memories that will last a lifetime.

However, your smartphone camera can be used for more important things than vacations or dinner plates. They're also useful when you need to record details of a car accident or an emergency situation like law enforcement does with body-cameras. Good news, there's an app that can turn your smartphone into a low-cost alternative to body-worn video cameras.

It's called Video Armor and it is available for both Apple and Android gadgets.

The Video Armor app records high-quality, point of view (POV) video that is automatically tagged with time, date and GPS location data. Combined with a built-in area to add notes, it's also a great place to create and store details of any situation.

While the basic recording controls will be familiar to you, the app includes additional features that will help you stay focused on your surroundings, not your smartphone. You can also enable sounds to let you know when the app is recording.

You don't have to be an officer of the law to record incidents around you. Anyone can record them with ease with the Video Armor app.

The Video Armor app costs $2.99 for both Apple and Android gadgets.

Click here to download the app for iOS. Click here to download the app for Android.

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