Top 10 safety apps to protect your friends, loved ones, and yourself
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Whether you are going on holiday, walking home drunk or worried about your child’s internet use, these apps will help cover your safety concerns

Safety apps use GPS, videos, alerts, alarms, messages and other features to keep you, your home and family safe. Whether you are going on holiday, walking home drunk or worried about your child’s internet use, these apps will help cover your safety concerns.

1. bSafe

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Photo credit: bSafe

This personal, free safety app available for iOS and Android allows assigned friends to track your trip home via GPS. A quick press of a button sounds an alarm and sends an alert to your friends warning them that you are in danger. In addition, the app will also begin recording video of the incident, which will be stored on bSafe’s servers in case users need to provide information to the police. As an extra benefit, if you find yourself on a terrible date, you can make a quick exit by using the app’s “Fake Call” feature.

2. Drunk Mode

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Drunk Mode not only provides a way for you and your friends to keep track of each other via GPS on a night out, but also stops you from drunk dialing. Their call-blocker hides select phone contacts when you want to get drunk so you cannot call them for up to 12 hours. The app’s “Breadcrumbs” feature also shows you all the places you went the night before.

Drunk Mode is free and available for iOS and Android

3. Life360

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Photo credit: Life360

Life360 lets a family set up a private network so they can let each other know where they are and if they are safe at the click of a button. It is especially useful for disaster situations, or whenever cellphone networks are unavailable. The app also has a panic alert feature that enables you to contact family members via text, email and a voice call immediately so you can give your location at the moment you need help.

Life360 is free and available for iOS and Android.

4. Qustodio

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Photo credit: Qustodio

Qustodio helps parents monitor and control their children’s web browsing and social media activities on a number of devices to ensure their online safety. The free version enables parents to keep tabs on their child’s web and search engine use, track their Facebook and Twitter logins, and set time controls, while Qustodio Premium also enables location tracking, call monitoring, app-blocking and more.

Qustodio is available for free (with premium options) and is available for iOS and Android, and on computers and tablets.

5. Presence

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Have you ever wondered what to do with your old iOS and Android devices? Presence lets you repurpose them as free wifi security cameras. If you are worried about whether your home is safe while you are on vacation, Presence will send you an alert with recorded videos when it detects any movement in your home. It easily expands with add-on products to secure and control your home from anywhere in the world.

Presence is free and available for iOS and Android

6. TrueMotion

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Photo credit: TrueMotion

This app is dedicated to improving driving safety. TrueMotion engages the whole family by tracking distracted driving and other risky behaviors.  The app scores your trips and those of your family, as well as ranks each driver, sharing the results with each member. According to TrueMotion, just having the app reduces distraction by 75 percent.

TrueMotion is free and available for iOS and Android

7. Bugle

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Photo credit: Bugle / Vimeo

Bugle is a safety app for runners, hikers, cyclists and other people who do not want to take their phone with them while they are pursuing activities. Users set how long they will be away, and if they don’t check in within the time limit, their chosen contacts will be sent an alert. Bugle is for anyone who wants to be sure someone will know if they don’t make it home on time.

Bugle is free and available for iOS.

8. Food Additives 2

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With Food Additives 2, you can avoid additives that are potentially dangerous or unsafe to your health. This application is perfect for those with allergies or who are health conscious, parents, or people with special diets. It even comes with information on a list of unhealthy additives, including a ranking of risk level, maximum daily intake, and known and potential side effects.

Food Additives 2 is free, with a premium option, and available for iOS.

9. Disaster Alert

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The app, by the Pacific Disaster Center, provides mobile access to multi-hazard monitoring of natural disasters around the globe, including earthquakes, floods, storms, tsunamis and volcano eruptions. It is the perfect way to keep an eye on events that are potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets.

Disaster Alert is free and available for iOS and Android

10. My Safety Assistant

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Photo credit: My Safety Assistant

My Safety Assistant is a personal safety app designed for your travels. It provides you with local SOS numbers and localized security information wherever you may be. This includes information such as civil unrest, disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks. The app also lets you share your position and stay connected to your friends and family.

My Safety Assistant is free for one year, and available for iOS and Android

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