The Best Safety Apps For Women

August 30, 2017 18:12
The Best Safety Apps For Women

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The safety of women has become the utmost priority of the Indian government considering the increasing cases of crime against women. Rapes, molestation, eve-teasing or kidnapping – these heinous crimes are now carried out in broad daylight which has dampened the morale of women to step outdoors.

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Although the government is taking steps for women’s safety, technology can play an important part in that too. Designed for the protection and security of women, there are various safety apps present on the play store.

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The basics of most apps are similar, a user-decided list of emergency contacts to alert, and transmission of GPS-determined location.

Here are a list of best safety apps for women, which will ensure that they are not alone anywhere they go.

A) Safetipin

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Aimed at the safety of women, Safetipin is quite a good app. The app is designed keeping in mind the concept of personal safety. The app incorporates all essential features such as GPS tracking, emergency contact numbers, directions to safe locations and more.

At the time of problem, the app ‘pins’ the safe areas along with their safety scores. It also enables users to pin unsafe areas and help others. Besides English, Safetipin is available in Hindi, Bahasa and Spanish languages.

B) VithU: V Gumrah Initiative

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VithU is a popular emergency app. As soon as you press the Power button on your smart phone twice, the app is activated. Every two minutes, it can send out an alert message to user's emergency contacts. The message reads “I am in danger. I need help. Please follow my location.” Along with this, to provide the receiver with updated location details, the app sends the link of users' location every two minutes.

C) Raksha - Women Safety Alert

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Raksha is designed to ensure that women always stay safe. The app is equipped with a button. The user’s location is immediately sent to specified contacts when the button is tapped. It is possible to select the contacts that can see the user’s location.

Moreover, you can send alerts even though if the app is switched off and not working. The only thing the user has to do is press the volume key for three seconds. The app has SOS functionality and can send emergency SMS messages even when there is no internet connectivity.

D) Himmat

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This is a free safety app recommended for women by the Delhi Police. In order to use the app, a user has to register on the Delhi Police website. An OTP is sent to the user, once the registration is complete. The OTP then has to be entered to complete the app’s configuration.

If a user initiates SOS alert from the app, her location information and audio/video is directly transmitted to the Delhi Police control room, allowing the police to reach the user easily.

E) Stay Secure

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Another free safety app for women, designed to help them in situations of distress. One can activate the app by pressing the Power button five times. It automatically sends an alert to user’s emergency contacts. It also has a free SOS SMS feature which can send a text to five of user’s saved contacts within five minutes.

Stay Secure also allows the user’s saved contacts to keep a track of her location and can work without data connectivity.

F) Women Safety

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With just a tap of a button, the app can inform the user’s contacts of her location. Women Safety can send an SMS to a pre configured number, along with the user’s location and a link to Google Maps. It can use front and rear camera to take pictures, which are directly uploaded to the server.

The app is comprised of three color-coded buttons based on the seriousness of the situation, which can be used accordingly.

G) Smart24x7

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Smart24x7 is supported by the police of various states, and is designed to ensure the safety of women and senior citizens. In problematic situations, the app sends panic alerts to emergency contacts.

During panic situations, it also records voices and takes photos and can even transfer these details to the police. It also has call centre support, which can be used to track down the primary movements of the user. User just needs to press the panic button, select the type of service required and finally tap the submit button.

H) Chilla

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Extremely small in size, Chilla is a personal safety app that can be triggered with just a scream. If a woman is in distress, she should shout loudly to trigger an alarm in the app. The app can then send the user’s location to her guardian even when the phone is locked. Chilla comes with an SOS feature too.

The app can automatically alert pre-configured contacts, o\if the distressed user presses the power button five times. It can also send an SMS with the user’s location and email, in addition to being able to place a call.

I) Shake2Safety

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Shake2Safety is probably the easiest to use app among this list. The user just needs to shake their smart phone or press the power button four times to send an SOS text or call to the pre-registered numbers. It works even when there is no internet connection. Moreover, users have the ability to activate or deactivate the option of shaking the device to send alerts.

The app can be used in case of accident, harassment, robbery or other natural calamities.

J) bSafe

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The bSafe app ensures the safety and security of women. It allows contacts to follow a user through a live GPS trail and also set a timed alarm which goes off automatically, in case a user does not ‘check in’.

Moreover, it can make the user’s phone ring with a fake call and also notifies emergency contacts of the user’s location details. Along with this, there is a Guardian Alert button, which can be used to immediately inform the contacts of the user’s GPS location during times of distress.


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