If you have a smart phone or other mobile device, you may download and use apps. Mobile apps allow you to play games; get turn-by-turn directions; and access news, books, weather, music, or videos.
Apps can be so convenient that you might download them without thinking about how they’re paid for, what information they gather from your device, and who gets that information. Before you download a mobile app, consider these questions.
No matter what your travel plans are for the summer, the government has useful mobile apps to help you stay safe and healthy.
If you’re flying in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration offers My TSA for iPhone and mobile web browsers. This app offers easy access to important information, such as what you can and cannot bring in your carry on, tips for packing, and security check wait times for most domestic airports.
For international travelers, the Department of State has a free iPhone app called Smart Traveler. You can keep up on the latest travel alerts and find maps and U.S. Embassy and consulate locations all over the world.
Local Health Services
No matter what kind of travel you’re planning, it’s important to know how to access local health services. The Health Resources and Services Administration has a Find a Health Center app for iPhones that can provide the location of emergency or non-emergency healthcare centers in your area.
Sun Exposure and Air Quality
To help you stay safe in the summer sun, the Environmental Protection Agency created the UV Index app for Android and Blackberry smartphones, as well as a mobile web version. This app provides information on both UV sun exposure and air quality for your current location.
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