Safety in Technology (Keeping yourself & loved one’s safe)

Most people either love or hate all of the new technology that is constantly coming out. Well, what if new technology and your smartphone could help you when you’re out alone?  I think you will see that you will really start to at least respect what technology can do for you, if not start to love it.  The Rossen Reports team tried new apps and technology that promise to protect you and help them avoid attackers by sensing trouble and alerting police, including:

  • Wearsafe records audio in real time at the press of a button, and even backtracks 60 seconds. It then sends the recording to friends with the user’s exact GPS location. “The cool thing about it is, it’s wearable,” said Missa Baker, a waitress who leaves work late at night who helped the Rossen Reports team test the gadget. “It clips right to my keys.” Wearsafe costs $5 a month and works with both iPhone and Android devices.
  • bSafe is a free app that goes even further: It records video as soon as you trigger an alert. An alarm goes off as well, and the app both calls and texts a friend. “It’s really cool,” Baker told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen. bSafe is available both for iPhone and Android devices.
  • Lifeline Response not only tracks you, but calls the police instantly. You walk with your thumb on the screen; if your thumb comes off, it sounds the alarm. When Baker and Rossen tested it, it took police barely a minute to arrive at their random location. “I love the app because traditional 911 doesn’t give you this; it gives you a radius,” said one of the officers. Like Wearsafe, Lifeline Response costs about $5 a month and works with both iPhone and Android devices.

As you can see, some of these options are free and some cost monthly. My thing is, can you really put a pricetag on your safety or the safety of your family? For $5 a month (the price of a tall Starbucks coffee) you and your family can feel safe and actually utilize that smartphone for something other than looking at facebook and Instagram.  I hope this post can protect and save the lives of many.

@TodayShow. “New Technology and Apps Aim to Protect Women from Danger.” TODAY, 30 Nov. 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.


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