Technology is a boon or a bane it’s up to us how we use it. We can use it for our safety too. With more and more people using smartphones, it’s becoming easier to get close to technology on-the-go. In this blog post, I will guide you through some easy tips where your smart phone can save you from a tricky situation or how you can use Technology effectively :
1) Keeping Direct Dial (1 number) shortcut on your Home screen :
Go to Widgets>> Add Direct Dial. Or Long press the Home Screen>> Add widget of direct dial. For example, at least have that 1 friend who can take you out of the tricky situation or who’ll be available to talk to you through it. Keeping the shortcut on-screen will help you to quickly dial the number instead of going to keypad and speed dialing.
2) Using “Google Latitude” effectively :
Google Latitude determines your actual position (only if your GPRS is ON) and lets you add your friends to the network. Make sure you’ve added few friends who are tech savvy and understand the usage of Google Latitude. If you’re venturing out on a slightly unsafe route (i/e if it’s important and unavoidable) or if you’re stepping out or going back home late night; make sure you ask them to keep a check on you through it.
3) Using Social networking websites wisely :
If you’re traveling alone or going back from your office, avoid posting your location on any of the social networking sites. You might not know who is stalking you because stalkers don’t come with a warning or a message.
Make sure you don’t have the “Location On” feature ticked on Twitter or Facebook. If you do have, switch it off right away.
If you’ve posted some Location enabled tweets in the past, please delete them by logging to Twitter for Web.
4) Using Foursquare wisely:
Foursquare is a location check-in website which most of those owning a smart phone use. One needs to be careful while accepting requests from unknown people there, and about connecting it with their social networking profiles.
Try not posting each Foursquare check-in to Facebook or Twitter. Stalkers just need a location to follow you.
5) Application for Android :
If you own an Android phone, download this application from Play Store – “Panic Button Widget” – Download
This allows you to pre-feed one number. After you do that, place a widget on your home screen. If you sense danger, you can press this button which will send a text message to the number you have entered and with 2 taps, it will call that person.
There are many more applications which you can download and test, and use as per your convenience.
Technology can save your life! And it can put you in a problem if not used wisely. Hope you’ll enjoyed reading the tips.
If you have any doubts or questions regarding about any apps or the tech aspect, feel free to write to me at ankitagarg [at] justiceforwomen [dot] org or tweet me @bubbly_ank.