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Businesses spend a great amount of time and energy thinking about whether their files and data are secure. But for mobile service providers, security can often be a far more personal issue. Instead of worrying about leaked customer information, those working in the field every day are concerned about their own safety, especially if they’re tasked with carrying large sums of money from one location to the next. 

Technology hasn’t just provided ways for businesses to secure their files, it’s also offered resources for mobile workers to protect themselves while they are hard at work. Of course, no tool can replace following your natural instincts, but technology can offer support when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. 

Here are a few samples of tools that can help keep you secure on the road:

  • EmergenSee Personal Security System. Currently available for iOS and Android devices, EmergenSee provides personal security whenever you need it. Simply open the app and tap the EmergenSee alert icon to transmit live video of your incident to EmergenSee. Information will be sent directly to the contacts you’ve designated and officers will be dispatched to your location. Best of all, there’s no charge for the app.
  • Yellow Jacket iPhone Stun Gun Case. For those who need more intensive protection, the Yellow Jacket iPhone Stun Gun Case may be a good option. The case adds a little bulk to your iPhone 4 or 4S, but it doubles as a stun gun in the event you should find yourself in a situation where you need to protect yourself. Unfortunately, more than a year after the release of the iPhone 5, the case doesn’t work with it or the newer models, the iPhone 5S or 5C, nor does it work with Android or Windows phones. The Yellow Jacket for iPhone 4 and 4S is available for $99.99.
  • OnStar. While it can be pricey, OnStar is well worth it for those whose offices are in vehicles. With just a tap of a button, you can summon a live operator, which will come in handy if you ever see approaching danger. Additional benefits like help with locating your vehicle if it’s stolen and the ability to lock your car using your smartphone are just icing on the cake. Plans begin at $19.95 per month.

Mobile service providers can take other measures to safeguard themselves, like adjusting routes so that they are visiting riskier areas of town during high-traffic hours and leaving an area if it seems unsafe. Through relying on in-born instincts and using the best tech tools available, mobile service workers can remain safe and sound while conducting day-to-day business.

Last updated: Jan 6, 2014

RAMON RAY | Columnist

Editor and technology evangelist at Smallbiztechnology.com, which covers technology trends for small business. His latest book is the Amazon.com best-seller Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.



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