A very useful app designed for personal safety called “The Companion app” can be used to have friends or loved ones keep you company when you are walking home at night or passing through unsafe places. Originally created for students who walk home at night on university campuses, the app enables users to select friends or family members on their contact list to keep them company virtually and make sure they get to where they want to go once the location has been configured into the app.
Let’s say you are trying to get home from somewhere and you would like to have someone (preferably someone you can rely on) keep track of you and make sure you get home safe, all you have to do is select that person from your contact list be it friend or family member and the app sends out a SMS text with a hyperlink which directs them to an interactive map on a web page which shows exactly where you are and whether you are moving to your destination via GPS.
The best part about the app is if the users deviates off the path to their destination or if the user falls or is pushed, starts to run or have their headphones pulled out of their phone, the app detects these changes and immediately pops up an alert to check and see if the user is alright. If the user is alright there is a button on the app that needs to be pressed within 15 seconds to confirm that everything is fine. If the user does not confirm everything is alright, the app start to make a loud noise by turning the phone into an alarm to scare away any criminals or attackers along with the option to alert law enforcement officials if the user needs help. The app also sends out an alert to the people the user choose in the contact list (companions) so that they can alert the police and give them information on the user’s location in case of a real emergency or even call the user to make sure everything is alright. The developers are also working on including touch-ID so that only the users can press the “I’m OK” button to confirm everything is alright.
The app is available for download to people from different countries across the globe. To get a link for download on their website http://companionapp.io/ you need to select your country from the drop down list and hit “Text me a Link” and you should receive a link to the app on your phone. Alternatively, you can also download the app from the App store if you are an Apple user or you can download it from Google play if you are an Android user.
According to reviews on google play and the app store, the app still has a few bugs for some users, however, the developers are trying fix everything to make the app work to it’s full potential. If you have trouble with the app you can reach the developers at firstname.lastname@example.org
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