Smart locks are new types of locks that are based on the concept of The Internet of Things, which says that in the Internet Era, everything is connected. Smart locks are the same as traditional locks, except that the lock mechanism contained in them can be engaged electronically or remotely, through a smartphone or other device.
In fact, that’s what makes them “smart” – the fact that they can be controlled electronically or remotely. They can also be integrated with other smart devices, such as smart alarms and smart cameras. These high tech locks allow homeowners to monitor and control them from miles away – which is obviously not possible with traditional locks.
How do smartphone locks work?
Smart locks (also known as smartphone locks) require a lock and key system to work, much like traditional locks. These locks are sent operational instructions from an authorized device and have a cryptographic key which ensures that they cannot be easily hacked into by just about anyone.
The status of these locks is sent in the form of alerts to the authorized devices every few minutes. They are an integral part of a smart home and are used together with many other smart devices.
The difference between these locks and traditional locks is that they are keys used in them are essentially special key fobs or are nothing more than a set of electronics signals sent through by the home automation protocol. The protocol authenticates the signal that is used as a key for the lock. Homeowners can also issue temporary keys to third parties, such as a professional cleaner, or a friend who has been visiting, and authorize them to enter the house.
How secure are smart locks, really?
There is a lot of talk about the security of smart locks. How secure are they, really. To be fair, smart locks aren’t marketing for their security capabilities, but for the fact that they are so cool and based on such an advanced technology. The fact that these locks give you the ability to monitor or operate them remotely is something exciting, nobody would think that something like this was possible only a few years ago. That explains why smart locks are so popular.
But how secure are these locks? That’s a tough one to tell. Structurally, there is not much difference between smart locks and traditional locks, either from the design point of view, or the architectural perspective. They offer the same level of security as a traditional lock – except for the fact that they can be controlled remotely from a smartphone.
So, most smart locks are essentially deadbolt locks which offer remote access. They are certainly very secure, much more secure than a knob lock or a cylinder lock. A smart lock is only as secure as the traditional locking system that it is based on. This means a smart lock that consists of a Grade 1 deadbolt lock is very secure, while one that is based on a Grade 3 deadbolt lock is not as secure.
Some smart locks can be hacked and are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Hackers can unlock a smart lock if they were able to access the network it is based on. You can prevent such cyber attacks on the smart lock by investing in a high-security firewall and changing your network access codes and passwords regularly.