Among the many things that technology has managed to improve is undoubtedly the fullfilment of security requirements. The possibility of being in contact with any person and at any time, of activating or deactivating real or virtual objects from a distance, of being able to activate other protection measures for this or that aspect, also complicit in the reduction of spaces (and of costs) used by the teams, is certainly not to be underestimated.
However, in the small way, being insurance can become synonymous with be able to warn or reassure our closest and dearest in where we areConsciously or involuntarily; For example, we would like to let our family know if something unexpected has happened to us and we are unable to call or text; We may also want to know where a parent is who is no longer in the prime of life and who has not answered the phone in a few hours.
In short, the scenarios are many; Google has not been left with its hands in the dough and, to cover this need, has launched an app as simple as effectiveThis application is called Google Trusted Contacts.
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What is Google Trusted Contacts?
Launched in the Google Play Store today, December 5, it is an application for Android that allows define a circle of contacts (obviously Gmail) with which they can share their location in a few taps. However, that's not the power of Google's trusted contacts - our trusted contacts will be able to ask for our location at any time through the same app and we can choose whether to share it or not. The icing on the cake lies in the fact that in the event that we do not respond to a sharing request, the our location will be shared automatically after 5 minutes.
We, in turn, can also request the location of those who have added us as trusted contacts. In order for it to work properly, Trusted Google Contacts require theaccess to location and the contact list. In addition, those that we establish as "trusted contacts" will be able to see all the history of our shared positions.
How to use Trusted Google Contacts
The first thing to do is download and install the application directly through the Google Play Store, using the following link.
LINK | Trusted Google Contacts
Once this is done, we open the app, which will receive us with a series of panels that inform us about its use. At the end of the short tour we will be asked to insert our trusted Gmail contacts. We can enter one or more, depending on our needs (the app will access our address book).
Trusted contacts will receive an email and from then on they will be authorized to request location through the app. In order to receive or be able to ask a trusted contact for their location, they will have to add us in turn. To voluntarily send your location to one or more of your trusted contacts, just touch the red button (with the locator symbol) that appears on the main screen of Google's trusted contacts.
Contacts will receive one or more notifications and one or more emails alerting us to our location and our movements; To stop sharing the position we can touch the corresponding button on the main screen or do it from the notification area.
For, request position to someone who has added us as a trusted contact we have to click on your name in the list and then press Ask for the position.
Our trusted contact can tell us spontaneously or refuse to do so (in which case we will know); your mobile phone will ring with the system dial tone. If the request is neither accepted nor rejected, the The contact's location will be shared automatically after 5 minutes..
We can decide ignore requests from certain contactsde prevent history from showing or disable trusted Google contacts through the app.
Conflicts and privacy
Trusted contacts Google is a great tool to seek a minimum of peace of mind in case of unforeseen situations; Does our son not come home at the scheduled time? We may ask for your location to be shared so we know where you are. We haven't heard from our parents for a long time? We can request your location with a few taps. Or do we suspect that we have lost our mobile phone? We can ask one of our trusted contacts to locate it.
That is, the scenarios are many, but -like any similar tool- damage privacy is child's play.: Even if our location is only shared with whom we decide (and not even with Google), we could come face to face with some overly intrusive trusted contact (be it an overly squeamish parent, an extremely jealous partner, etc.) demanding continual location sharing to monitor us and control our every move. It is not certain that the misuse of this app does not force Google, sooner or later, to remove it from the middle.
Unfortunately it is a clear example of how the abuse of a tool designed for other purposes can compromise its usefulness but, in this case, the solution is simple: just add trusted contacts and we do not fear or hesitate to eliminate them when things seem to get out of hand. Tracking all the time is unwise - a long face is better today than who knows what tomorrow!