Tech & Home: Smart Locks
The pros & cons of this home protection.
Smart locks are becoming increasingly popular. Which begs the question: is a smart lock a good choice or is it just another fancy gadget you can do without?
The Pros of Smart Locks
If you’re anticipating a house sitter, babysitter, made, etc. to come by while you’re away from home, you can code special keys for each person, along with an expiration for each code. Which means, if you’re worried that someone with a key may try to enter your home when they aren’t invited, you can change the code, instead of changing the lock.
You are able to note who’s come in and out, so you can tell when your child has arrived home. Also, you can see if the door is locked or unlocked from your phone so that you can double-check its status from anywhere!
Conventional locks may be prone to lock picking and smart locks don’t always have a key slot! However, that doesn’t necessarily make smart locks more secure. Read on…
Connecting With The Rest of Your Home
If you have other smart home gadgets, you may be able to interconnect them so that your lights turn on when you open the door.
Cons Of Having A Smart Lock
Reliance On Phones
Smart locks interact with your phone. If your phone is dead, broken, or stolen, you can get locked out. Furthermore, if a power outage shuts off the Wi-Fi, you wouldn’t be able to use features that rely on that connection.
Potential For Hacking
Some smart locks eliminate the threat of lock picking. However, they may be subject attacks by hackers that can override the entry code that can unlock the door. Though, the system might be able to advise you (and the police) if an unapproved user accesses the system.
Smart locks are battery-operated systems and can die.
Smart locks can cost a lot more than standard lock-and-key systems, and you may need a pro to install it. Furthermore, Smart locks can also be expensive to repair if they malfunction.
For you, are the pros enough to outweigh the cons?