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Why security apps are on the rise: the Swedish approach

In response to declined confidence in public safety, Swedish entrepreneurs and programmers handle it by doing what they do best: developing security apps. 

Sweden is generally considered a safe country in many aspects, the Global Peace Index placed Sweden in the 14th place out of 163 nations on its list. However, latest annual survey by Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention shows that there’s an increment of insecurity in Sweden, especially among women.

Although the risk of being exposed to crimes is small, this fact does not soothe the anxious public. The most common types of offences are harrassment and threats, while robbery and serious assaults are the least common. Whether there are grounds for people to feel unsafe or not, their concerns should always be taken seriously.

The Swedish tech community has aided this by simply putting security in the hand of the individuals, in the form of an app. Hese are some of the top Swedish security apps that have won the hearts of local and global citizens alike.

Truecaller

Truecaller is one of the best apps for caller ID and block right now. The app has built a strong userbase since 2009 when it was first live on an online forum. 250 million users later, Truecaller is now an official partner with Google and India’s largest mobile telephony Airtel.

So what makes Truecaller special? Everything, basically. The app helps identify caller ID, unknown calls and spam SMS. It also offers a flash messaging that sends pre-defined messages to your friends and family so they know where you are, whether you’re safe or not. The mobile identity platform recently reaches out to the non-data users that use Airtel feature phones in India, it is the first of its kind to provide the online experience to offline users.

Truecaller is all about safety-made-easy, but it’s working to deliver more. Based on its mobile identity platform, the company launches Truecaller Pay that collaborates with ICICI bank: Indian users can now send payments safely via their phone number.

Truecaller announced this month of a partnership with Google Duo. In coming months, the users will be able to enjoy high quality video calls within the app.

Truecaller app is available on App Store and Google Play.

 

Colooc

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Credits: Colooc

Colooc is an anti-theft service that works through beacon and mobile app. Its philosophy goes back to the good old community value, in which everyone helps look out for each other, albeit with cutting-edge technology.

The app works in tandem with the Colooc eye – a tiny yet durable bluetooth radio transmitter that helps you track your valuables. Simply put the eye on your bike, car, boat or your bag. Once the app is set to monitoring mode, you get information and a map of where the eye is, if and when it moves. This information is from the nearest phone/app via internet to your phone/app. The more people who have the app, the more it helps. Colooc calls on everyone with a smartphone to help look out for each other’s belonging!

Colooc has been effectively used by Swedish municipality and companies against theft. You can order the Colooc eye on the company website. The app is free and available in both iOS and Android.

 

SafeStuff

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Credits: SafeStuff

SafeStuff is an app that safeguards all your possensions. On the platform, you can add the pictures, value and details of your belongings, save their receipt and get a quick overview of the net value of everything you own.

SafeStuff goes beyond virtual safekeeping. The startup positions itself as a third party solution between consumers and insurance companies. The security app helps you determine which stuff is over/under insured, and facilitates communication with insurance company if it is broken or stolen.

SafeStuff service is available in iOS and desktop.

— And don’t forget to check out our App Review on Allone – another great security app that alarms your family and friends when you’re in need of help!

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Comments (2)
  1. Fredrik says:

    Tried the SafeStuff app. Found nothing that indicates that the app is a facilitator between me and my insurance company. Which insurance companies do they work with? How can I see what is under- or over insured?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Fredrik,

      Thanks for reaching out! SafeStuff doesn’t work directly with the insurance company, but rather as a third party solution. By keeping records of the receipts and networth value, the app helps you prove ownership prior stolen or affected to insurance companies. The networth overview helps you decide which stuff needs/doesn’t need insurance, and how much you should pay for it, hence avoid over/under-insured. Overall, it helps you deal with insurance companies easier and more systematically.

      Hope that helps! Let us know if you have further questions and concerns!

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