Before starting you have to know that there are thousands of models today and therefore, like a standard lock, the subsequent security and functions that you obtain will depend on the brand and quality that you acquire.
How do smart locks work?
Locks of this type are easier than you think, since you can always continue using your key, therefore, you will not have to explain to anyone how it works if you need them to enter your house.
The advantages that you can take advantage of are to open your lock with a mobile via Bluetooth connection, your fingerprint or simply a PIN code. There are a thousand types of locks so it will depend on which one interests you the most.
I’m going to show you some of them.
1.Nuki Smart Lock 3.0
This device would be one of the best sellers. Its possibilities are based solely on opening the door through a mobile App. Simple and basic if you are not looking for more, although sometimes running out of battery or losing your mobile would be as big a problem as losing your keys if your goal is not to need them, since your main goal is the exterior doors.
Secondly, we have something more basic oriented towards interior doors. Much more complete, you can open it both with a code, with a fingerprint and with your mobile. Its only con is security, although it promises to be very effective, we know that it is not the same as an exterior door and forcing it would be easier, although this depends on the use you need.
Finally, we have Welock, a brand that offers us the same functions as Nuki’s but with the difference that if we don’t have our mobile at hand we can open the door with a PIN code. What is the downside? Precisely that, since it is less safe to show to the outside that our lock is opened with a number and that someone can see us dial or guess what it is.
These three models would be the most general types, however, there are more, you just have to find out if another one suits what you need. There are them with NFC cards, controls, etc.
Smart locks, are they safe?
And it is that this point is the most important since having easy accessibility to our home is of little use if they are not going to give us security.
Any of the brands and products that I showed you ensure protection equal to that of a bankhowever, I think that the problem is not that but how easy they can access without having to hack anything.
If we use a remote control, a mobile phone or an NFC card, it will simply be enough to lose it so that they can access it, just as it would happen with a key. But on the other hand, if we use a PIN, there only has to be someone watching us mark which one it is to be able to access it whenever they want. That is why we must be very careful with which method we use. The most secure could be through fingerprint since we will never lose it, nor run out of battery, nor will anyone cut our finger.
Finally, I also recommend that you think carefully about where you are going to put it and what method to use. If your exterior door faces the street, it is better that you buy a product like the first one, since it cannot be seen from the outside and, apart from that, we prevent it from being damaged or intentionally damaged. These products usually have a guarantee against water, but I would not risk leaving it and that a heavy rain could deprive me of being able to enter my house if it breaks.