If you’re anything like us, you live your life in a constant state of generalized paranoia. (Was it just you or was that checkout guy looking awfully murder-y?)
Enter Kitestring, a free new personal-safety service that alerts your emergency contacts if you suddenly go incommunicado.
Here’s how it works: You sign up and enter the phone numbers of your pals or family members. Then, the next time you plan to walk through a sketchy neighborhood or drive a particularly hazardous road, log on to the Kitestring website and tell it when you’re leaving (now), how long you plan to be gone (45 minutes) and when you’d like Kitestring to check in with you (55 minutes).
Fifty-five minutes later, you’ll get a text asking if you arrived safely. If you respond with “OK,” Kitestring will do nothing. If you don’t respond within five minutes (or if your phone dies), it’ll text your emergency contacts to let them know you might be in danger.
Trip taking longer than expected? You can text Kitestring something like “10m” to extend your travel time by ten minutes. And you can set a password (to accompany your “OK” text) if you’re worried about some psychopath stealing your phone and checking in on your behalf.
Hey, it could happen.