The huge advancements in technology has allowed us to know the exact location of a person, in real-time at just the click of a button. The huge influx of tracking apps across smartphone platforms has made the whole process simpler and easier to access.
Now, we can constantly monitor the exact location of our loved ones on a screen, with a tracking app, using the help of the GPS capabilities of the electronic device the person is using. This user should always have full information about the app he/she is using to get the full usage out of it.
|Pros and Con of Tracking Apps|
|– A severe emergency where the affected person cannot speak,||-tracking apps reserve several rights.|
|-help you to improve on your social life.||–It have a view into the very private life of another person|
|-keep a check over where their employees are during work hours.||-GPS signal being very weak or problems in it’s functionality|
|-while travelling, he/she can send his/her live location to a trusted person using a tracking||-companies can literally check to see the location that a tracking app|
|-Tracking apps allow the parents to always keep a track of exactly where their child is.||-children might be lacking in areas of self-dependence and street smartness.|
|-Tracking apps allow you to know where your loved one is||-unwanted person can get a hold of the location of the person|
|-keeping a track of their location can easily explore new paths||-completely useless without the device on which it is being accessed.|
|-The app can literally point to where the stolen or lost phone is on a map.|
|-even a person using it for the first time has minimal problems.|
Pros of Tracking Apps
- Emergency Situations –
In case of a severe emergency where the affected person cannot speak, or does not know his/her location, tracking apps can help the required authorities to find and help the person in distress. The apps mostly help with tracking with help from the information gathered from a phone’s gps receiver
- Social Networking –
Tracking apps can help you to improve on your social life as it can help easily find the person who has given permission to find him/her using the tracking app. These apps can be very useful for the user, especially when trying to locate someone in a crowded area.
- Business Management –
Business enterprises often make use of tracking apps to keep a check over where their employees are during work hours. In taxi chains and/or delivery services, tracking apps can be a masterstroke, as the business can keep a check on their driver and send notifications through the apps regarding overspeeding, routes, etc
- Travelling Security –
In case a person feels unsafe while travelling, he/she can send his/her live location to a trusted person using a tracking, so that the person can keep a constant check on him/her. This in turn even makes the person who is actually travelling, feel much more secure.
- Children Safety –
This is one of the prime reasons tracking apps gained a steady growth in popularity since they came into existence. Children are often very impatient and without constant supervision can wander off and get hurt. Tracking apps allow the parents to always keep a track of exactly where their child is.
- Anxiety Elimination –
Tracking apps allow you to know where your loved one is and this helps in giving people a peace of mind, especially parents. Even if a person, or a child, is not answering calls or has not informed about his/her location, using the tracking app can always show where he/she is.
- Freedom and Reassurance –
A person, equipped with the knowledge that someone is always keeping a track of their location can easily explore new paths, even without exactly knowing where it leads to. Because he/she knows even if they get lost the person tracking them, can always help them find their way back.
- Device Security –
Several smart electronic gadgets, specially the smartphones, have become a high-value target for thieves, owing to their high prices. Tracking Apps can be a huge help, when trying to locate a lost or stolen smartphone. The app can literally point to where the stolen or lost phone is on a map.
- Ease of use –
Most of the tracking apps released nowadays are developed keeping in mind that a huge percentage of the people who will be using the app is the common public. So the design and functionality of the app is kept very simple so that even a person using it for the first time has minimal problems.
Cons of Tracking Apps
- App Companies –
The companies that develop the tracking apps reserve several rights. These can include, among others, tracking the location of a person using their app, in real-time, and then even record the whole location information without the user having any knowledge of it and also without them infringing on any laws.
- Privacy –
Privacy of a person definitely goes for a toss with the use of a tracking app. The tracking apps allow a person to have a view into the very private life of another person that is incredibly invasive. Every step the person takes can be actually measured with these apps.
- Accuracy –
The tracking apps are heavily dependent on the strength of the GPS signal of the electronic device that it has been installed on. In case of the GPS signal being very weak or problems in it’s functionality, the tracking app installed on the device can show an improper location or even no location at all.
- Advertisers –
This is a huge problem, as companies can literally check to see the location that a tracking app user is in and then send advertisements, to his/her phone, of the businesses that sell a product or service in that particular area. Companies can actually create a demographic profile on each person using these apps.
- Negatively affecting children –
The knowledge that you are being monitored by your parents may lead to a child feeling that his/her parents don’t trust him/her and the child may resort to increased secrecy from parents. Also, owing to the constant checking children might be lacking in areas of self-dependence and street smartness.
- Cybercrime –
This is a very real possibility with tracking apps, as they are also prone to hacking and in case some unwanted person can get a hold of the location of the person who is using the tracking app, that too in real time, it can easily turn into a huge disaster.
- Device Dependence –
The tracking apps are completely useless without the device on which it is being accessed. So in case the device get heavily damaged, the charge in the device’s battery runs out, it is lost, it is drowned, etc., as in anything that makes the device unusable renders the tracking app useless.
There is no denying that the technology that the tracking apps use, is extremely powerful. So it is definitely possible that in the wrong hands the technology can cause huge damage. But, that is where cyber-security measures come in and tracking apps have been proven to save lives and in this digital age, they are not going anywhere anytime soon.