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Appraisal of the iPhone Family Tracker app

Appraisal of the iPhone Family Tracker app

In a world which seems to be frequently buffeted by all kinds of dangers, keeping track of your loved ones does make a lot of sense. This means that it is not enough to merely get a text message or even a phone call from your family members – it is also necessary to actually keep track of their location. Thanks to the arrival of mobile technology, you can indeed use an app such as the iPhone Family Tracker app to do so.

Let’s start with the ‘why’

Why should you use a tracking app? Agreed, there are benefits as well as doubts about the use of such apps. Some of the answers that we got after going through websites such as Cellphonetracker.net, quora.com, etc., ranged from: ‘Why not? It allows people to keep an eye on everybody.’, over: ‘Not sure – isn’t it kind of invasive.’, to: ‘It makes sense because people might forget to call or text their whereabouts.’, or: ‘Peace of mind – the best way in which everybody knows about everybody else, including their own location too.’

So that may have been a rather huge melting pot of answers. Perhaps the best way to then address this question is to get into specifics and check out the Family Tracker iPhone app and the information surrounding such mobile apps.

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Permission

One of the biggest points of debate as far as tracking apps are concerned is the invasiveness of it all. This is true especially for mobile apps that are installed in secret – when the user of the cell phone is not aware that their phone is being tracked by someone else. Sure it is possible to install such apps without being detected, and the guide above explains it, but to play safe, it’s always best to ask for consent.

With the Family Tracker app, you remove this concern right away. Every member in your group knows that their phone is being tracked. As a parent, you may need to explain the reasons for this to your children. But once the right information has been given in the right manner, you can certainly get everybody involved in the eco-system of safety.

Remote access

The simplest way in which you can track the location or status of an individual is to call them. But what if they do not pick up the phone? Or the phone is set on silent? What if text messages go unanswered? And what if, genuinely, the person does not want to be disturbed at that time?

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Your concern does not go away because you have no idea of why an individual is unreachable. Here is where the app can help out. You can check the location on a map. You can even activate an alarm on the phone from a remote location. You can also maintain data on the routes taken by an individual in the recent past – called GPS breadcrumbs. These are all immensely useful.

Tracking

Family Tracker has been used in several cases. Worried parents have been able to find children who have gone missing. In fact, tracking apps have allowed people to keep track of each other even during natural disasters when everything is asunder. It all starts with you giving permission for the app to be installed on your phone.

So how does it work? How can you use it? As long as a phone is running the app, it can be tracked. Now here is the important thing to remember – the app can help only as long as it is running on the phone. Unfortunately, when someone gets abducted, probably the very first thing that happens is the kidnapper takes away their phone, dismantles the battery and throws it all away. Or simply destroys the phone.

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But the Family Tracker app can help pinpoint the last known location of the phone. This can prove to be a serious game-changer in such an unfortunate scenario. Being able to get quickly to the last known location is one of the most effective ways in which to start a hunt for a missing child, isn’t it?

Geofencing

The app allows you to be notified via email or text. You can also use this app to set up limits or boundaries. Simply put – you can set a geographical area for each device and get notified if the device is entering or leaving this area. These notifications are real-time and can be a big advantage indeed. All you have to do is use your web browser and check out all the information you need for the location of a loved one.

Finally, it is important to educate young children and teenagers about the necessity for such an app. If there is one ‘demographic’ that will have the most objection to this app, it is the teenager who really does not want to be tracked. Involve them in the setting of the app and tell them exactly why it is good for their safety and you will have a smoother run.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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