Best Travel Apps: Signal, Sitata, Haven, SaferVPN, Mobile Passport, FoneTrac

Floods. Thieves. Hackers. Tackle any situation abroad with these mobile assistants.

Signal

Place calls and send texts with end-to-end encryption over Wi-Fi or your data connection using this favorite of security professionals. You can also make your chat history disappear before customs agents (or other snoops) get their hands on your phone.
Free

Sitata

You just fell down the stairs of your Barcelona Airbnb, and it feels like you broke something. No need to panic if you have this app. Sitata provides emergency numbers and the location of hospitals and other key facilities based on your location.
Free

Haven

Install this app on a cheap Android burner, then leave the phone in your hotel room to act as a digital spy. Haven uses the camera, mic, and other sensors to detect motion and sound. It then sends photos and audio of any activity to your primary device.
Free

SaferVPN

Connecting to the internet over public hot spots leaves you vulnerable to hackers and scammers. Tunnel into a virtual private network with SaferVPN, which offers encrypted web browsing worldwide through one of 700 private servers in 34 countries.
$3.49 and up/month

Mobile Passport

Use this app to scan your US passport before you fly. Upon your return home, it gives you a QR code you can present to customs agents for hassle-­free ­reentry. It’s also a government-­approved backup—a handy proof of citizen­ship.
Free

FoneTrac

If there’s a natural disaster or major emergency where you’re traveling, let your loved ones know you’re OK before they hear about the calamity on the news. FoneTrac lets you check in as safe—or send a panic alert—with the press of a button.
$15/month


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