Amnesty International just turned your smartphone into an all-in-one panic button.
Originally built for journalists and human-rights activists, the free Panic Button app is now available for civilians. Here's how it works.
After downloading the app, you enter three contacts who will be able to act quickly in case of an emergency.
You'll then enter a PIN number that unlocks your data if you trigger your panic button. Finally, you enter an alert message that allows your contact to track your location by GPS.
After the app is ready to go, there are two ways to activate your panic button. The first is by rapidly tapping the power button, and the second is by rapidly pressing one number in a fake calculator program.
The two ways to press your panic button are built for convenience and universal understanding. If you own a smartphone, you'll understand how a calculator works.
So, too, will criminals looking to steal your data. They won't suspect a panic app to be hidden behind a calculator.
The Panic Button app is currently in beta, and only available on Android devices. You can check it out by clicking here.
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