Parachute has introduced a new feature, Superlock, that is designed to stop an unauthorized user from killing your live-streamed video.
Parachute (then known as Witness) won grand prize at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon. The app was designed as a virtual panic button, and was “initially inspired by a series of events where the outcome hinged on a chance recording by a nearby witness.”
Now the company has introduced Superlock, adding a new layer of protection, especially in potentially high-risk situations.
“Superlock is a very powerful add-on that is a game-changer for people who use Parachute in situations where there is risk of their phone being taken away from them by an attacker, police officer or other unauthorized person,” writes Marinos, Parachute CEO. “Superlock locks down Parachute, so someone who manages to get a hold of your phone will not be able to stop Parachute, even if they try to switch off your phone. Superlock keeps your phone locked while also continuing to record and live-stream your video, audio and location undisrupted.”
The feature will likely gain widespread use, as its release coincides with the wide-scale protests over the death of George Floyd.