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Thursday, October 27, 2011

FBI Child ID App Updated with New Features

The Child ID app can be downloaded for free HERE.

In response to user feedback, the FBI Child ID App has been updated with new features, including password protection and additional photo capabilities. To download the update, go to the iTunes store and click on the Apps button.

The iPhone mobile application, which enables users to electronically store photos and vital information about their children so that it’s handy if they need it, was launched on August 5 and has been downloaded more than 80,000 times.

Updates released last week include the following:

Passwords: You now have the option of password-protecting the application. To activate it, go to the Checklist screen, click on the Password icon in the upper right hand of the page, and select Enable Password Protection. If you use this feature, remember to update your password often and make it something you will remember if you need it. The passwords rely on the iPhone’s built-in keychain and encryption features.

Photos: You can now add any pictures from your iPhone’s image library (before, you needed to take a picture with your iPhone to add it to the app). You can also zoom in and crop images prior to saving.

Other additions include new icons and styles, smarter keypad input fields, and data protection that prevents you from losing unsaved data should the application be closed before saving.

With the Child ID App, you can quickly share pictures and physical identifiers such as height and weight with security or police officers. And using a special tab on the app, you can quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

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