Safe IQ Ugly Mugs is a free safety scheme for workers in Ireland. It improves the safety of workers by bringing workers together to share information about potential dangers.
It is free and it is available to all workers in Ireland. Please note our geographic focus is Ireland (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). If you are working in another jurisdiction you should look for a safety scheme that covers your region.
The real advantage of this Android app is that it can screen your incoming and outgoing calls and text messages, and alert you, if you have contact with a number that is in the Ugly Mugs database.
You will be asked to give the app permission to perform some functions when installing. These permissions are explained below if you would like further information about any of them:
Your messages, Read SMS or MMS, receive SMS - The app does not read your messages but it automatically captures the number that you are sending to or receiving from so that it can check it against the Ugly Mugs database.
Network communication, Full Internet access - The app requires full internet access in order to fetch information from the Ugly Mugs database.
Phone calls, Intercept outgoing calls, read phone status and ID - The app requires permission to capture the telephone number of your incoming and outgoing calls so that it may check them against the Ugly Mugs database. It also requires permission on the phones status so it knows if you are currently making a call or receiving a call. It cannot listen to calls. (If you don't want the app to screen your calls/texts you can tell it not to in the Settings)
Services that cost you money, Send SMS messages - The app cannot send messages but requires permission to access this feature in order to capture the telephone number of the outgoing SMS messages in order to check them against the Ugly Mugs database.
System tools, Display system-level alerts - The app requires permission to show you an alert whenever an active Ugly Mug report is found. (If you don't want the app to screen your calls/texts you can tell it not to in the Settings)
Using the App
Once installed the app will ask you to login with your Ugly Mugs username and password.
Alert popups occur when you receive a call or text from a number listed in the Ugly Mugs database or make a call or send a text to a number listed in the Ugly Mugs database. (If you don't want the app to screen your calls/texts you can tell it not to in the Settings)
A red alert indicates a high level warning. Normal level warnings are orange. Low level warnings are yellow.
If the number is not in Ugly Mugs you will get a green alert telling you it is not in the database.
If your phone cannot connect to the Internet to check Ugly Mugs you will get a grey alert letting you know the app is unable to check the number.
You can search to find out if any phone number is in Ugly Mugs. If the number is in the database you can see when and why it was reported and read full details of incidents.
You can easily report incidents to Ugly Mugs.
Choose if you want the app to run automatically every time you turn on your phone or not. Also, if you’d prefer the app didn’t pop up with alerts whilst you are making or receiving calls or texts, you can switch them off here.
The app is available in 7 different languages. It detects the language settings on your phone and automatically offers you the matching language version.
We don't log your phone number or any number that is checked against the Ugly Mugs database.