Are Smart Door Locks Safe?

August 17, 2017

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The smart home has become reality with locks, lights and cameras can be control form your phone anywhere in the world!  Like anything new, there are some glitches, one of which affected about 500 customers of the LockState internet-enabled door lock.  A firmware update glitch rendered their locks useless, unless you physically used the key, and opened up the discussion as to if smart locks are safe to use.  The short answer is yes.  While you can use the key to open it, they are a convenient way to let people in to your locked door instead of leaving a key in the potted plant.  Plus those into Airbnb find them handy, and recommended, when a property renter can just give the code to a renter from wherever they happen to be. But the technology is vulnerable to glitches such as a firmware update and even hackers.  A security expert found huge security flaws in Bluetooth-enabled door locks. Of the 16 locks he tested, he managed to break into 12. Many security experts agree smart door locks still need some refining before trusting them to completely guard your home and with the average price of these units hovering around $500, it may be better to use the traditional brass key lock and perhaps the smart lock on individual rooms.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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