Smart locks are growing in popularity as families find new ways to unlock their doors to improve their comfort, security and convenience. In 76% of burglaries, criminals enter through the door. Therefore, the locks you choose can have a lasting impact on the security of your home. Many people still have concerns about the security of smart locks, and we will explain the following several aspects of whether they are reliable.
What if I don't have my phone?
Of course, many smart locks depend on you having your smartphone when you enter and exit your home. But what if your phone is lost, damaged, or has a dead battery? Don’t worry, in this case you won’t be locked out of your house. You will usually get a physical key, card or fob with your lock purchase. Many smart locks work with your existing latch, so you can access it in a traditional way if necessary.
Are smart locks more secure than mechanical locks?
Both smart and mechanical locks are potentially risky. Just as mechanical locks can be picked, smart locks can be hacked. But it is much less likely than accidentally leaving a key in the door or having a burglar pick the lock and discover where you keep your spare key. Statistically, most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Burglars may see the opportunity to force a manual door lock or take advantage of a key left in an obvious location, but statistically, they are less likely to crack a smart lock (an act that takes time and expertise). Based on all this information, we can say that smart door locks are the security solution for your home.
How to secure your smart locks?
Complacency on the part of the user creates opportunities for burglars. Therefore, it’s important to be proactive in keeping your smart locks secure and as safe as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that families can do this.：
- Updating your smart lock’s combination or PIN code regularly.
- Do not share your smart lock code or PIN with anyone outside of the family.
- Changing your password or PIN immediately after sharing it with anyone who is not a member of your household (e.g., cleaners, builders, gardeners, etc.).
- Update the companion mobile app associated with your smart lock as soon as a new update is available.
To make an informed decision, it’s worth looking at the inherent advantages and disadvantages of smart locks in terms of security, practicality and finances.
Some of the advantages of smart locks are as follows.
- You never have to worry about losing your keys.
- You don’t have to leave your keys where a burglar can reach them and compromise the security of your home.
- You can provide remote access to your home for others, no matter where you are.
- Even if your phone is lost, damaged or battery is low, there are other ways to get into your home.
- Many can be integrated with other smart home security solutions, such as security cameras and smart doorbells.
- The discreet high-tech look of smart locks may act as a deterrent to opportunistic thieves.
- There are a large number of brands and models to choose from, allowing you to find the right balance between security, affordability and convenience for your home.
Disadvantages of smart locks.
- Cost. Smart locks cost at least £100, with most ranging from £200 to £300.
- Lost or stolen smartphones can create security vulnerabilities.
- Many people don’t like to rely too much on their electronic devices, and smart locks may make them too dependent on their smartphones.
- Low battery or WiFi interruptions may affect the ease of installing a smart lock.
- Smart locks can be compromised by tech-savvy criminals and can be forcibly removed or broken.