Locksmiths know how to outwit out any lock. The question is: are smart locks safer than deadbolts? Here’s what you need to know before going digital.
When it comes to home security, there has never been a tool like smart locks.
Smart locks are door locks that utilize technology to heighten the security of a home or building. Some ways that smart locks heighten security through technology include requiring a code before entry, having responsive technology embedded in the lock that only responds to a certain key, nob, phone, or technological device that only the owner has, and more. Although smart locks are becoming more and more popular, the jury is still out on the question “are smart locks safe”.
To help you make an informed decision on whether you should get a smart lock or not, we are going to go over some of the pros and cons of smart lock security.
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Are Smart Locks Safe: The Benefits of Having a Smart Lock
1. No Longer Dependent on Keys
Because so many smart locks operate through touch or technology connectivity, you do not have to worry about keys when using smart locks as you do with a regular lock. Thus, if you are someone that loses your keys often, a smart lock could be a good choice for you.
2. Stylish Design
Smart Locks come in all types of designs and sizes. Most smart locks are made to replace deadbolt locks. You can have a smart lock that is sleek and modern or a smart lock that blends in and looks like a regular deadbolt. The choice is up to you.
3. Remote Control Over Who Comes In and Out
One great smart lock feature that many smart locks have is that you get to remotely manage your smart lock. This is due to smart lock’s technology allowing it to sense specific technological devices from miles and miles away.
For example, if you know one of your good friends is stopping by your house when you won’t be there and you want to let him in, simply remotely schedule your smart lock to be able to be opened during the hour that your friend is supposed to stop by. Another way you can control who has access to your smart lock is by being selective on who you give your smart lock’s access code or special key, nob, and/or bridge module to.
Cons of Having a Smart Lock
1. Thieves Can Break into Your Home Remotely
Because technology allows you to operate many smart locks remotely, it gives room for robbers to hack into a smart lock’s system so they can break into your house without actually being at your house. Although this is a scary thought, many security experts say that the chance of your house getting robbed with a smart lock is no different than the chance of you getting robbed with a regular lock.
2. There Could Be Glitches in the System
Because smart locks operate technologically, there is always a chance for there to be glitches in the system. This is especially true since smart locks have not been around that long. Essentially, the possibility of having glitches or technology issues is just a chance you have to take when purchasing a smart lock.
Are You Willing to Make the Trade-Off?
Now that you know more information about the security of smart locks, it is time to answer the question once and for all, are smart locks safe? All things being considered, the answer to this question is indeed yes.
Although the answer is yes, security issues that can occur with smart locks include technology glitches and thieves being able to rob you remotely. Still, the benefits of smart locks outweigh the cons. The real question now becomes, does the trade-off of smart lock’s benefits outweigh the benefits of having a regular lock? Only you can answer that question for yourself.
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