At this point, we’ve digitized most of our household essentials to make them more user-friendly. We’ve got smart phones, smart TVs—even smart locking systems. When it comes to home security, though, are these technological advances really better than the traditional lock and key? Today, we’ll look at some points of the argument on either side to help you decide.
When most of us think about locking the door, this is the image that comes to mind. They’re in every home and every business; the first line of defense against unwanted intruders. However, gauging their effectiveness can be a difficult task. They come in a wide range of prices, which can impact their sturdiness. Before buying one (or an entire household set), you should consider its security rating, manufacturer, and even the locking mechanism within—if you really want to get technical. Regardless of the one you pick, though, you expect it to open with the turn of a key.
This means, if you want someone to gain access to your home, you need to either gift them with a key beforehand or leave a spare one accessible (which compromises your home security). Breaking into a properly deployed deadbolt is more difficult than you may think. Plus, overriding this security measure takes in-person determination, which is different from cybersecurity concerns.
These high-tech installations function similarly to the original lock, but instead of being released manually, you can control them electronically with the help of an app. Typically, the device sending the command has to be preauthorized by the company managing the locking system, but then you can unlock your home remotely. This feature comes in handy if you’re entering the house with your hands full, or you have a guest coming that you want to let in. Most versions also allow you to temporarily grant control to other users, which functionally serves as a “spare key.”
Overall, they’re a more expensive, yet easier to use counterpart for those looking to transition to a “smart” household. Since their introduction, though, a few security concerns have become apparent. For example, hackers targeting the companies who manufacture these smart locks can effectively bar you from your own home in the event of a security breach. Additionally, there have been a few mishaps in recent history where the same companies have accidentally “bricked”—or rendered completely useless—their own devices.
A Good Compromise
At this point and time, not everyone is ready for the smart lock. Whether it’s a matter of them not being ready for the technology or the technology not being ready for them—it’s hard to say. In any case, if you’re interested in transitioning to a more high-tech household, try some smart light bulbs or security cameras first. You can even install one or two smart locks at home, but think twice before adding them to all of your doors. While we can’t help you troubleshoot this relatively new product, we can answer any questions you might have about how these installations could affect your homeowners insurance.