Have you ever been out walking late at night by yourself and felt unsafe? There's an app for that!
Lifeline Response: Let your thumb do the walking
With the Lifeline Response app, you're asked to put your thumb on your screen when you're feeling unsafe.
If your thumb leaves your phone’s screen — say during an attack — an ear-piercing sound is emitted from your phone and a message goes to authorities who are poised and ready to help.
Agents call to verify your safety and first responders instantly get your GPS coordinates.
You also use the app to tag suspicious activity in your neighborhood and alert others nearby.
There's a free 30-day trial of the Lifelife Response app, and after that there are different monthly charge tiers starting as low as $3.75.
Save Me Pro: Turn your phone into a panic button
The power button on your phone could save your life…thanks to a free app developed by a 12 year old.
Dylan Puccetti of Galveston, TX., developed Save Me Pro after learning about a kidnapping that took place in his town during the late '90s.
Save Me Pro allows you to send out an emergency alert to a pre-arranged list of contacts simply by hitting your power button 8 times.
You can download the app for free from Google Play, set up all your emergency contacts and then define what you want your emergency message to be.
If you want to pay 99 cents, there's also a premium version that allows law enforcement to track your exact location using GPS triangulation. (Neither the free nor the pay version is available for iOS at this time.)
Companion: Your mobile safety service
Companion is a free app for Android and iOS that allows you to send your contacts info about your whereabouts even if you can't speak.
Say you're walking and the phone senses an abrupt change in speed or direction that would indicate an emergency situation. Companion will pop up on your contacts' phones with an alert and GPS triangulation so they know where you are.
Trusted Contacts: Google's personal safety app
Trusted Contacts is Google's new personal safety app designed to help you — no matter whether you just need a little reassurance walking home at night or if you actually find yourself in a real emergency.
Simply download the app and then give "trusted" status to friends and family. Doing so allows them to see your activity status, and it opens a direct line of sharing between you and your loved ones.
If you feel threatened, you can share your location with your contacts.
Your contacts can request to see your location too. If everything is OK, you can deny the request. But if you don't respond after five minutes, your location will be automatically shared with your friends and family anyway.
The great thing about Trusted Contacts is that it works even if your phone is offline. In that case, it will display your last known location to friends and family.
Apple users can request to be notified when this free app is available for iOS.