Tips on Keeping Your Smart Lock Safe

Smart locks provide homeowners with an unparalleled level of convenience, security, and control over access to their homes. However, as with any type of security system, smart locks need to be properly maintained and cared for in order for them to serve their purpose effectively. Here are some tips you should follow:

Create unique codes

Individual codes are a great way to not only ensure your safety, but also keep track of who’s coming and going from your home. It’s a good idea not to pass out just one code for friends, family, guests and commercial services. Most locks include the option for at least 10 codes. Some, like the Nest X Yale lock, allow an unlimited number of individual codes.

Consider having a code for each household member, one for guests and one for professional services. Smart lock apps will let you know which code or user unlocked the door in an activity history log in the companion app.  Source: CNET

Keep your Wi-Fi connection strong

You’ll find that you get the best experience with your smart lock when it can easily connect to your WiFi or mesh network. When possible, place your WiFi router or smart home hub close to your lock – about 40 feet assuming there are no metal walls or other obstructions to block the signal. If you can’t move the router or hub, consider a signal extender to improve the connection.

When your lock has a stronger connection to your network, you’ll likely find that your batteries last longer and you can remotely access your lock more quickly. Both of these are important to improving the security of your home with smart locks. Source: Schlage

Do not connect to your app using public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are not secure because a hacker can monitor unencrypted traffic and send out malware. All online activity is vulnerable, including when you control smart home devices.

For quick commands, like turning on the lights at night or locking your smart lock, you won’t use much data, so it’s better to use your cellular plan instead of a public network.

For more intensive tasks like streaming from security cameras and video doorbells, a cellular network should work fine, but finding a secure Wi-Fi network is ideal if you don’t have unlimited data.

If you must use an unsecured public Wi-Fi network, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your data so watching eyes can’t read it. Source: Safewise 

Should you ever have any questions or concerns about your smart lock, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always happy to help!



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Published Date: January 5, 2023