Smart Locks: Maybe It’s Time You Ditched Your Keys

Posted on Jun 6 2016 - 10:06am

Smart LocksLinus Yale Sr.’s pin-tumbler lock (aka the locking mechanism that requires physical keys) has been around for so long — since 1848, in fact. It has become somewhat iconic. But, times have changed, and pin-tumblers aren’t keeping everything really safe anymore. The solution? Fully digital, keyless “smart locks.” These high-tech locks are still not as common as conventional locks. But, they are here, and companies including CastleLockSmiths can attest to that.

How Smart Locks Are Doing So Far

To date, the prevalence of digital locks is still within the commercial realm. Commercial buildings have been using keypad entry and wireless locking systems for years. It may take some time for them to reach residential consumers, but it’s only a matter of when, not how.

Are They Safe?

This is perhaps the biggest question concerning these locks. Are they even safe, or safer than conventional locks? Certain features say so.

There are four common types of keyless digital locks: biometric, key fob (proximity), smart phone-linked, and surveillance locks. The first one deals with swiping your finger, then the machine works to recognise the fingerprint and allow access. Key fob locks deal with one-tap or automatic opening. Smart phone-controlled and surveillance locks are quite self-explanatory. In a sense, these types of locks offer better security because they allow a more personalised style of access.

Taking All With a Grain Of Salt

It’s still important to remember that not all digital locks are invulnerable. Most people are concerned about hackers when it comes to digital locks, but it’s the wrong thing to be worried about. Hacking an electronic lock still requires a ton of skill. They’re not like conventional locks which can have their physical mechanisms picked with a simple tool.

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Here’s one word of warning: be extremely wary of digital locks that use wireless processes. These types of locks can be cracked quite easily by a trained professional in at least 15 seconds. This is more than enough proof of digital locks still needing improvement, though it’s not meant to detract from their capabilities in the first place.