When it comes on your family’s security, there are many things that you can look at to keep them safe. Today, I’m going to take a look at an app that my family uses that has been very helpful in keeping us connected with one another. Today, we’re going to look at the Life360 app in greater detail.
The Life360 App has many components to it, which we will explore in greater detail throughout. Here are the features I like best:
- It’s a security app, letting your family know where you are.
- It’s a communication tool, you can use it to communicate in group or individual messages.
- It’s a driving aid, you can use the app to alert your circle when you are having a car issue.
The Life360 app goes beyond just those three components, there are a lot of other great features, but at it’s heart, it helps to keep you and your family in close contact with one another.
Life360 has both a free component, which is all that my family uses, as well as a paid component that unlocks additional features. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to focus on what you get with the free portion of the app.
Life360: Is it secure?
At it’s core, the Life360 app functions by way of a secure group of users known as a circle. The key here is that when you first install the app, go through and create a circle. At that time, you will be the only one in that circle. As you invite others into your circle, though, they will be given a code to join the circle with. That code is only active for 7 days, and you can either tell the code to them out loud or you can send it in a message, email, or in some other communications mechanism.
For my circle, the only ones in it are my wife Cindy, my daughter Sophie, and my sister Robin. Of them, only myself and Cindy are admins, so we are the only ones that can invite others to our circle. There is no limit to the number of admins you can have. Since the invite codes are only active for 7 days, I’d say that the app is secure because only people you invite will know where you are.
Life360: Automatic Check-ins
One feature I like with the Life360 app is the ability to create two place alerts. If you pay for Life360 Plus, you will be able to create unlimited place alerts. A place alert is just that — an alert that triggers when a condition is met. In this case, we have a place alert at the house for when we arrive there, and we also have a place alert for when Sophie arrives or leaves school. What happens is when the app location triggers the alert, the other people in the circle will receive the alert. For example, “Sophie has arrived home.”
Life360: Map Options
Another feature of the Life360 app that I like is the ability to turn on or off local services. In the app currently, I can turn on hospitals, fire departments, and police stations. In addition to that, you can also turn on or off sex offenders and crime notifications. Although, one thing to be aware of is when you turn on the crime notification, you’ll see a dot appear on your map, but you won’t be able to get any real detail about the crime unless you subscribe to Life360 Plus. You can customize the time frame for crime to various time windows or leave it set to “Auto”.
From my perspective, the Life360 app is a good choice to help you and your family stay secure. It’s not about big brother watching, or about a parent not trusting their child. To me, it’s about taking advantage of this digital age we live in to ensure that all of us are as safe in this world as possible. No one solution will take care of all security concerns, but with the Life360 app, it is a good tool to add to your aresenal. Have you used the app before? If so, what do you think of it? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!