Here with Friends — the Foursquare connected app that lets you check in your friends — has received a major update. The changes make it more secure and more useful.
The biggest change to the app is a new setting that lets you choose exactly who’s allowed to check you in, allowing you to limit its capabilities only to friends you trust to do so honestly. You can choose from letting anyone check you in, disabling it for everyone or allowing just a specific list of friends.
There’s also no longer a need to mention your friends in your shout; a reminder from Here with Friends will appear in the connected apps section either way. Tapping through takes you to a list of friends who’ve given you permission to check them in, where you can check their names and check them in.
As before, the key to Here with Friends is that you can only check in friends or be checked in by friends who’ve previously authorized the app. Unlike Facebook’s location check-ins for friends, it’s not on by default for everyone, so you know what you’re getting into before you’re checked in without your knowledge — and you have far more granular controls to choose who’s allowed to check you in.
The new settings answer all the challenges we had for Here with Friends in our initial review, finally making it an app I won’t hesitate to leave connected to my account.
What do you think of the changes?