Can You Stay Safe Using an App?

Author: PeopleFinders on May 18th, 2020
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Technology is more a part of our lives than ever before. Nowadays, almost everyone has a home computer and a smartphone to access the internet at all times. Apps are a big part of using your phone — you probably have dozens of gaming, social media and other apps from different manufacturers that didn’t come with your phone.

But can an app actively keep you safe? There are a variety of different ways that certain apps can help you stay safe, and these are just a few of them:

-Robocall/spam risk call blocking

-Location tools

-Ride-sharing

-Verifying information

 

Robocall Blocking

Robocalls are more common than they’ve ever been before. That’s why it makes sense that so much effort is being put into curbing them. Though politicians and phone companies are still trying to come up with ways to block these calls entirely, some apps have tried to do this job on their own. Plenty of apps have sprung up to try and deal with robocalls, and many of them can genuinely help.

Many robocall blocking apps rely on a crowdsourced databank of spam numbers. Individuals submit a report when a phone number delivered a spam or scam call, and if enough people report a number as spam, these apps will automatically block calls from that number. Though it won’t block all calls, robocall blocking apps may provide at least some respite.

General Safety Tools

It’s important for you to be able to protect yourself all the time, even out in public. That’s why certain apps exist that allow you to stay safe in more general ways. You can make yourself a little safer using apps that allow you to share your location with your friends and family, or apps that automatically notify your emergency contacts if you don’t check in at a certain time.

You should make sure you some of these apps to keep yourself safe. Encourage friends and family to download the apps as well, so that you can all stay in contact with each other and gain some extra peace of mind. There’s safety in numbers, and that concept holds true even when the other people aren’t physically with you.

Ride-Sharing Services

Some people have expressed concern with the safety of making ride-share reservations on your phone. But these services–Lyft, Uber, etc.–have listened and adjusted accordingly. As long as you’re sure to use ride-sharing services responsibly, which includes checking license plates and asking drivers to confirm the name of the reservation, you can do it very safely.

Plus, these apps can actually add to your safety. If you don’t have a car and you end up stuck at work after hours, it’s often much safer to get a ride home as opposed to trying to walk or take the bus. If you don’t have a designated driver at a party, you need to get a ride instead of trying to drive yourself home after you’ve been drinking. These are all responsible, safe ways to use ride-sharing services.

People Searches and Background Checks

From coworkers to new friends to neighbors, you deserve to know more about the people in your life. Public records site PeopleFinders has helped its users learn more about the people around them for years. And recently, we have developed an app, IdentityWatch by PeopleFinders, so you can perform the same kinds of people searches and background checks from whatever device you need.

IdentityWatch allows you to perform background checks on millions of American adults, pulling from a database that contains billions of records. You can try to verify information for contacts already in your phone–or check out someone you just met–by inputting the person’s name, phone number, address and even email address. It features built-in caller ID and call blocking, identity theft monitoring, hacked account monitoring with dark web scans, and photo monitoring for fake and/or stolen photos.

So you can take advantage of background checks, robocall detection and general safety, all in one app. This helps IdentityWatch rank as one of the easiest and most effective ways to stay safe using an app.

Conclusion

You should always think about safety throughout your day-to-day life. Daily safety is just as important as remembering to be safe when you know you could be in a potentially dangerous situation. After all, you never want a dangerous situation to catch you off guard.

PeopleFinders is a great way to try and make sure you always stay safe, even if you don’t foresee any danger. And now with IdentityWatch, you can take PeopleFinders’ tools on the go. Use the app and the website to help keep yourself safe, at any time and on any device.

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