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Find my Friends, and two other crucial personal security apps

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.

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