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The clothing brand is launching a new initiative that aims to connect volunteers with environmental activists — “kind of a dating site,” described founder Yvon Chouinard.

Called Patagonia Action Works, the digital platform affords customers the opportunity to sign petitions that support their respective causes, volunteer their skills and time, discover events in their area and donate money to local charities.

(Adding pepper spray to your purse along with essentials like mascara or condoms?

Not sexy, to say the least.) We’re not here to give you a buzzkill lecture, but we are here to remind you that putting too much of yourself out there too fast can put you at risk—especially in the app-centric dating world of 2016.

The app also uses crowd-sourced crime data to warn you when you are in a high-crime area.

And while your mother usually knows best, sometimes she forgets that these days, there’s an app for that.This app’s co-founder had a real life abduction scare which led her to take part in the invention of Watch Over Me.There is a shake-to-alarm feature, so if you are unexpectedly confronted or attacked it can be activated and will immediately turn on the alarm, video camera and send alerts to your emergency contacts.It’s pretty common practice to switch over from Tinder or OKCupid to texting once a flirtation has been going on for a little while, but think twice before you hand over your phone number, says O’Toole.“That phone is one more link to you and depending on their tech savvy, they can hack into your phone, track your whereabouts, or continuously text and call you.” Remember that once someone has certain info about you, there’s no taking it back.

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