Smart Locks: How Smart Are We Talking?

FAQ > Smart Locks: How Smart Are We Talking?

smart locksEarlier today, I was having a conversation with a friend and I asked him if there was anything he could have answered about the door and lock industry, what would it be?

I honestly expected him to give me a blank stare and say, “Seriously? Nothing.”

But he didn’t! He actually responded with something I’m willing to bet is a common question.

He said, “Seems like smart locks, the kind that lock your house from miles away with just the push of a button on your app, are all the rage now. How are they, if at all, compromising home security? In my mind, there’s nothing better than a gold old-fashioned bolt lock, but you can’t use one with the remote apps, can you?”

And then I puddled into the floor in sheer happiness because, finally! I get to use my lock knowledge somewhere outside of the office!

(Don’t mind the fact that I totally set up the scenario to make it so I could use my lock knowledge. That’s neither here nor there.)

Smart Locks or Not?

It’s true that, for the past couple of years, smart locks have been all the rage. Because I follow several social media accounts of security companies, I hear about new ones hitting the market pretty regularly.

With them coming out so rapidly I question the quality of the product. The prices have started to go down, as well, and, with most things, you get what you pay for. With these locks you do run the risk of someone being able to hack into them, although it’s a very small chance. That isn’t to say there aren’t some high quality smart locks out there that are incredibly secure.

It would probably take someone less time to pick a physical lock, but let’s not give anyone any ideas.

My friend was also curious if they are capable of coming equipped with deadbolts and to that I can answer yes. They have become quite advanced and can do much more than they could when they first premiered. Many residential smart locks are fitted with deadbolts, which add an extra layer of security to your home.

While LockNet doesn’t specialize in residential locks, we do know what we’re doing when it comes to electrified access control. If this is something you’re interested in, feel free to contact us  anytime!

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