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Website offers service to help keep you safe on trips

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A new website is providing people with a sense of security. It will make sure you make it to your destination safely and if you do not it will notify your friends and family.

The idea is brilliant; you register online and you simply let the website know when you embark on a journey. The service will check up on you and make sure you're ok.

It's a free service that many of us could use every single day.

"So I always walk back from work, that's a little scary," said Ashton McClure.

If you've ever felt frightened going somewhere alone, Kitestring might be your new, invisible, best friend.

"My girlfriend lives in San Francisco and she would sometimes ask me to check up on her when she walks home from work, so I thought I could just build an app that does that for me," said Stepan Boyer.

Boyer created the app; he's a college student at MIT and he came up with the idea in January. It only took him four days to write Kitestring.

"The basic idea is you sign up, you set up your emergency contacts ahead of time, then when you're about to embark on an unsafe journey, as a late night walk you just let the app know when you should be home and at that time it will send you a text message," said Boyer.
Once you register on the Kitestring website you never have to check in online again, you can do it all from your phone. They'll give you a number that you text, you text the amount of time, they'll know let you know they're tracking you, they'll text you, and if you do not respond then they'll take action.
"And if you don't reply to the text message it sends a customizable alert to your emergency contacts to let them know you might be in danger," said Boyer.
Some students at ASU say they would use the app, "yeah if I'm walking far enough that's a good idea," said Rachel Olsson"
"Yeah probably, because I get scared walking back," said McClure.
A perpetrator cannot check in for you. When you create your account, you're required to give a secret word that you will have to text Kitestring. That secret word will be required whenever it asks if you've arrived at your destination.

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