One thing that everyone in this world needs is safety. We would always be willing to pay a premium just to make sure that our loved ones are safe and sound. Whether our loved ones are in the form of a person, pets, our beloved book collection, or just our house as a whole, it is important that they are always safe and free from harm.
With that, locks were born; and with modern age technology gave birth to smart locks. Smart locks were basically internet based and internet hosted locks which can be opened remotely by the home owners. The smart lock industry experienced a boom especially when Airbnb became a popular hosting site.
Unfortunately just last year one of the most popular smart lock providers, Lock State, broke and customers had to have them replaced or shipped for repairs. This caused a lot of inconvenience for the home owners. This also caused us to ask: how safe are smart locks?
The answer: Like most of the locks we have seen, smart locks are as safe as they get.
Yes, with smart locks for homes using smart home technology, the lock could not be picked manually but they can still be picked.
In a recent experiment, one security expert tried to unlock 16 smart locks. Using his own algorithm of breaking the code, the expert was able to open 12 out of the 16 smart locks or about ¾ of the smart locks. That is a 75% accuracy if we look at it from that point of view.
Other security experts are also pointing out that the problem with smart locks is that they can be easily hacked even if the hacker is just starting out his hacking career. The only thing smart about them, according to experts, is that you use Bluetooth technology or cloud technology to open your locks. In a way, the homeowner just found a more modern way to lock the house but not really enough to protect it from burglars.
Like the way that home alarms work, if the burglars really want to get in, the door is just one of a million options that they can choose from. They can get inside the window, break into a glass door from the kitchen, or dig a hole that would directly lead them into the house. In short, there are a lot of ways to get in, and a smart lock is not really a problem for those burglars.
However, there are still some upside to the use of smart lock technology, update issues ahead, using smart locks are very convenient to those in the real estate business and in the Airbnb business as discussed earlier. The expediency that the technology has to offer and the accessibility of the place to guests will definitely make the lives of the hosts better.
In a nutshell, smart locks are just as safe as the good old locks. The only difference is that you can access them remotely and you will never have to ask yourself “did I lock the door?” ten thousand times a day.