Help is a click away: Downloading a few apps is a good idea for safety

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Ensure that your phone is always connected to the internet, GPS is on and that it is charged. Ensure that your phone is always connected to the internet, GPS is on and that it is charged.
SummaryEnsure that your phone is always connected to the internet, GPS is on and that it is charged.

emergency contacts will be able to see your location, travel history and the direction you were travelling in. Its alert button automatically calls your contact five seconds after you press it. During tests, we got a call almost instantly from a US number, which mentioned my name and location (with pin code and a landmark) to an emergency contact. Email alerts comprise the same details and an email is sent every time you switch on alert mode or return to safe mode in the app. To cancel an alert or to end it, users need to enter a passcode.

iFollow

Android

Free

Another safety app developed in India, Aucupaís iFollow uses a unique method to activate its safety features. Users need to shake their phone for five seconds to activate the app. One can save up to three contacts. iFollow will first try to call the first of these three contacts. If there is no response, th≠≠≠≠≠e app sends an SMS with your location to all three. The app literally follows you and sends messages to your contacts every time your location changes by more than 10 metres. Users can set the sensitivity level, but if you set it too high, a slight shake of the handset can trigger the appís emergency mode. So make sure to use the app a few times and set shake sensitivity to a comfortable level.

SPOTLIGHT

Uber, iOS, Android

US-based luxury cab service Uber is now available in Delhi and Bangalore. It lets you hire a luxury cab (Audi A6, BMW 3- and 5-series, Toyota Camry) for Rs 20 per km and Rs 2 per minute (minimum fare Rs 200). A credit card is mandatory for payment. The app stores card details and automatically charges when you reach the destination.

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