It’s only natural to feel nervous about walking home on your own at night. But now there’s a new free app that transforms your smartphone into a personal safety monitor. That way, someone’s always got your back.
Developed by students at the University of Michigan, the Companion app allows a nominated friend to follow your progress online via GPS. (Thanks Gemma). If you stray off your path, start running, or have the headphones yanked out of your phone then it’ll ask you to confirm you’re OK. If that confirmation doesn’t come, then the app activates an alarm to scare off would-be attackers. It also gives you the option to call the police instantly. Safe.