so I’ve seen a lot about this app around tumblr and a while ago I downloaded it since I tend to walk home late at night from friends’ houses in the city sometimes. I’ve always had to assume and hope it worked because I’d never had to see it in action… until I accidentally alerted them last night! when I got to my block I let go of the button but was unable to enter my password correctly because it was raining and the drops on the screen were interfering with me pressing the numbers I needed to. they texted and called me to make sure I was okay and when I did not answer they said they alerted the police! I eventually was able to call them and let them know I was okay once I got inside before the police got here, but I wanted to spread the word that it seems like this app will actually work! stay safe, friends!
was asked by a friend about what’s really needed
for surviving college. I gave her a list of apps that have been super useful
for me and I thought I’d share it with you guys.
I’m not promoting these specific apps*
Calendar - with all the due dates, bills, and events that you have
to remember, an app that keeps track is priceless. I like to use the apple
calendar because it is really easy to use and syncs with other apps. The alert
option is great. I set mine for 1 week before, 1 day before, and 1 hour before.
I also found that adding the location is helpful for events so you don’t have
to double check your email as to where it’s at.
Forest – this app costs 99ȼ but it’s worth it in my opinion. Any app
that helps keep you motivated and on track is important. I like using this app
because if you use your phone, you kill a growing tree. Plus, it’s fun to see
that I’ve “planted”trees and it makes
me feel productive. I use this app mostly when I’m studying. It holds me
accountable when I’m studying and is a nice way to force myself not to use my
phone. My phone is my biggest distraction when I’m trying to focus but I still
want it near me.
Gmail – this is probably the most important app of this list. Now,
again, I’m not saying Gmail is the best mail app but having an email app is a
necessity. Professors love email. That’s how they communicate. Not only is it
important to get your email on your phone, but I strongly recommend you add
your school email. It’s the default email the school and teachers will use. Don’t
be that person who never checks their school email. Just don’t.
Blackboard – Grades are stressful, grades are important, so why not have
an app to quickly check them?? My school uses this company but use whatever
your school has. It’s nice not to have to pull out my computer to check my
grades. Especially when my professor announces they just uploaded it in class.
Netflix – is this cliche? Probably Netflix will become your best
friend if it isn’t already. It’s a great way to distress and avoid doing work.
Yep, when you’re not feeling like doing homework, use this. I recommend
watching a movie rather than a TV show because you will stay up to watch all 5 seasons despite having a class at 8:00
Quizlet – getting back to actually helping with school, quizlet is a
great study tool. It syncs with the website so you can easily work on your
laptop and phone. These electronic note cards are easier to carry around and are
a great way to avoid the awkwardness of waiting for your class to start. Plus
there’s a matching game that is more interactive than just flipping through
Relax Melodies – this app is so great and it’s free. It’s mostly meant to be used for helping you fall
asleep. There are a bunch of noises to choose from. There is
also a timer so you can leave it on for 2 hours or something but not the whole
night. It also has alarms with some pretty cool sounds. What if you don’t
need help falling asleep? Use it for studying. The oscillating fan with
headphones is the perfect white noise to use when you’re trying to zone out
noise from the library or your roommates. So this app is great; it helps you sleep
and concentrate, two major parts of college.
SAC Mobile – you’re probably not going to use this specific app but a
banking app is important to have. You’ll probably be college poor but it’s
important to know what kind of college poor. Having to skip going to the
movies or “I can only afford ramen for the next week” are two totally different
things. Plus, constantly checking it on payday is always fun. Just because
money might be tight, doesn’t mean you need to ignore your bank. Having
an app is great when you’re trying to decide if you can afford that t-shirt or
Word – There will probably be a time when you don’t bring your laptop
and you forgot to do your homework that’s due in less than an hour. And of course it needs to be typed. You
could go to a computer lab or the library, but when you’re short on time, slow
computers and walking across campus just won’t work. You can use this app to
type up the assignment real quick. You can either upload it to a portable
printer if your school has them or email it to yourself to print real quick.
You’d be surprised just how quickly you can type on your phone.
10. SafeTrek – I actually bought this app for $2.99 but it’s
actually free now. Campus can be kinda frightening when you’re alone,
especially after dark. You basically hold down a button on the screen and let
go when you feel safe. You then have to enter your four-digit pin within a few
seconds or they will alert local authorities. But don’t worry, you can cancel
that and put in your pin. They will call you and make sure you’re okay though!
This app is sadly important and recommended. How many girls were given mace
before going to college? A great app that helps you feel safe and protected.
Yak – I know that a lot
of the time, the yaks are about thinking someone is cute or stupid stuff. But,
it is useful when something happens on campus. You see a bunch of people by a
building but can’t see their sign? Check the app, usually someone yakked about it. Of course, some
information might not be true. Also, if you’re looking for something to do on
campus, check the feed. Most events (on my campus at least) use yik yak to get
the word out. Struggling with a test that’s coming up? Ask if anyone else is
having trouble. You might just get someone who is needing help also. It’s
always amusing to see what people are posting, just be aware a lot of it will
be silly, trivial things.
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This is just a little reminder that SafeTrek is a very handy, very reliable app for whenever you feel particularly unsafe! You must first set up your account, and four-digit pin number. The app only asks for your name, and mobile number.
Here’s how it works:
Hold onto the screen when experiencing a potentially unsafe situation
Release when you feel safe!
Enter your four-digit pin within the time limit
If your pin is NOT entered, the police will be notified of your name, location, and emergency by the app IMMEDIATELY after the 10 seconds are up. NOspeaking, or sound is required, and it can be used by ANYONE in ANY situation.
The app was developed by college students, for college students, and as a college student, having something like this on my phone is so, so reassuring/comforting! The app is available for both iOS, and Android.
So I never tried my Safetrek app until last night. But by accident. I didn’t lock my phone when I put it in my purse and it clicked on it. There is a button you hold down if you ever feel unsafe. When you let go of the button, you are supposed to put your pin within a few seconds to show that you’re okay. If you don’t, your phone is tracked and the police is notified to your location. Actually replied to the text. Didn’t think I get a response. I will never delete this app.
I wanna let you guys know about this cool app called SafeTrek! If you’re ever feeling unsafe, this is a really awesome app to use. You hold down the “hold until safe” button until you’re safe, and then you have 10 seconds to enter the PIN number you have set in there. If the PIN number is entered incorrectly or not in 10 seconds the police will be notified of your location and emergency!!! This is super cool and I just wanted to share this with my awesome followers:)
I posted on fb about that SafeTrek app and my old manager (a cishet white male) commented, “Thanks iPod, I was so tired of being raped!” I’ve since deleted it but I don’t know which I’m more upset about: that people are still making rape jokes while simultaneously reprehending women for trying to find ways to protect themselves, or that I was expecting these kinds of comments. Thanks for letting me know that I’m not safe around you, though.
Check out this app called Safe Trek! If you’re ever in a sketchy or uncomfortable situation, and want to passively alert someone, just hold your finger over the blue button. When you let go, you have a certain amount of time to enter a pin and cancel the alert. If you don’t, the police will be notified. Available for iphone and android. #psa #safetyfirst #safetyapp #safetrek
YO EVERYONE LISTEN UP. THIS RIGHT HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT SHIT. THIS HANDY LITTLE APP IS CALLED SAFETREK. BASICALLY, IF YOU ARE EVER FEELING UNSAFE, YOU CAN OPEN THIS APP AND PRESS THAT BUTTON UNTIL YOU FEEL SAFE AGAIN. IF THE SITUATION GETS WORSE, YOU RELEASE THE BUTTON AND IN TEN SECONDS THE POLICE ARE NOTIFIED OF YOUR EMERGENCY AND LOCATION. IF YOU FEEL SAFE YOU LET GO AND TYPE IN YOUR PIN NUMBER AND THE CALL IS CALLED CANCELED.
I AM POSTING THIS FOR EVERYONE ON HERE TO USE. WHETHER IT IS BECAUSE YOU’RE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP, YOU LIVE AROUND MURDERERS, YOU ARE BEING STALKED, OR JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO FEEL SAFER, THIS APP IS AMAZING.
There’s this app called SafeTrek and if you don’t already have it, get it.
You see, with the app you add your name, your number, and you create a pin. On the screen is a very large button. Hold in the button until you feel safe. Once you do, release, type in your pin, and BOOM back to the home screen safe and sound. If you don’t enter your pin within 10 seconds, emergency contacts are called.
This is great for anyone going to college, anyone traveling, concert goers, or just the average Joe. The reason it’s the best thing ever is because:
1. It’s free
2. If you are being kidnapped, you’re kidnapper can’t hear you call 911
3. It takes all but 2 seconds to send help
4. It’s available on all smart devices (as far as I am concerned)
5. It’s 100% safe
Seriously. I would hate for any of you to go missing, get raped, or killed. Download the app right now. Please.
So, I just moved into my dorm. And, I am determined to have a female empowering message on my door for my floor mates to read every few days. These girls are all freshman and I want them to be safe and empowered.
This week I’m promoting the feeling of safety and security with SafeTrek.
There is an app ffor iPhone and Android called SafeTrek! You set up a pin, and if you feel you are in danger, you press the little blue button. If you take your finger off you have a certain amount of time to put in your pin or it will alert the police to your location!
Please spread the word! It was FREE for Android! I think it’s free for iPhone too!
This app costs $2 and is super awesome for peace of mind when walking alone at night. You just hold the button down until you feel safe and then enter your pin. No pin entry after ten seconds = police are notified of your location. I wish I’d had this over the past four years. This AND my pepper spray…
Okay so as a female, I do not feel safe at all going anywhere by myself. I am definitely getting the app Safetrek because it could save my life. Please please get it if you don't feel safe walking by yourself. It only costs $1.99 and it is so worth the money. I love all of you and I just want you to be safe.
The SafeTrek app is $1.99 on the App Store for those who don’t know. I recently bought it and I strongly recommend it for those who are around in neighborhoods with higher crime rates and for college students.