And I have good reason to. Because every now and then I read these scary stories about lone female runners who get attacked. Those stories make me feel both sad and scared.
Personal safety app: React Mobile
So when Robb Monkman invited me to try out his React Mobile app I was very interested. Because the React Mobile app is a personal safety app. It allows you to silently and discreetly alert the authorities and your trusted contacts when you're in trouble.
Let people know you're in trouble with the React Mobile app
You can install the React Mobile app on your smartphone. Once you've done that, all you have to do is push the SOS button. Automatically an SOS and your GPS location are sent to your contacts. Either through a text message of by phone. You can even set the app to send the SOS to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
My experiences with the React Mobile app
I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to apps. But installing the React Mobile app wasn't difficult at all. Once I'd installed it I filled in my contacts. Because I wanted to test the app, I only filled in my own phone number and email address. I wouldn't want to scare all my friends and family with false alarms! I've read the story of the Boy who cried wolf, you know!
Sending out an SOS
So I sat at my desk and pushed the button. And sure enough, I got an email telling me I was in trouble. There was a link in the email with my location. Love that! Here's a screenshot:
Follow Me feature
If you're not about be to murdered, but you would like people to know your whereabouts you can use the Follow Me feature. For example if you're going out for a run through a secluded area. You fill in when you expect to be back, choose Follow Me and your contacts get a message that you're leaving.
After you've pushed 'I'm safe' they get a message again, telling them you've arrived safely. If you don't push the 'I'm safe' button within the time frame you specified, an automatic SOS will be send.
The ReactMobile app is free, but the Follow Me service costs 1.99 $.
React Mobile video
This video explains the React Mobile app!
I like the React Mobile app! It's easy to use, and it works. That really is all I'm looking for in an app. But it's also an app I hope I'll never have to use. Except for the Follow Me service of course.
Want to download the React Mobile app?
Then visit the website.