In today’s high tech world, we’re hearing more and more about hacking attempts and cyber security. In fact, according to some of the latest estimates, the global cyber security industry is worth over $100 billion. Most of this spending is from large corporations, but it’s also true that individuals and families are taking greater precautions to protect their data and computer systems.
Given these facts, a lot of people are raising an eyebrow at the idea of smart locks. The idea of connecting your home’s locking mechanisms to the virtual world is not the most comfortable idea for a lot of people, and they find themselves asking: Are smart locks really safe?
It’s all about the encryption
Smart locks essentially use the same deadbolt technology as other, traditional locks. The difference is that the locking mechanism can be opened or closed using wireless, virtual commands. So how easy would it be for a hacker to open your smart lock and break into your home?
As it turns it, doing this wouldn’t be easy at all. Consider the fact that the United States government protects its most classified information with AES encryption of 192 or 256 bits. Even information classified “secret” is protected with 128 bit encryption.
This 128 bit encryption is the standard used by most smart lock manufacturers today. Would it be possible for a skilled hacker to focus their attention on your individual lock, and eventually get it to open? Yes — but it’s much more likely that a skilled burglar would pick your traditional lock using crude tools. A hacker would have to put quite a bit of effort and technology into opening a single lock, which simply wouldn’t be worth their while in the vast majority of cases.
If instances of smart lock break-ins rose suddenly as the technology became more popular, that would obviously be a major issue. Manufacturers would probably start using higher levels of encryption to provide a more reliable product. But for the time being, standards of encryption and security appear to be extremely high for most legitimate smart lock products on the market today, and choosing a smart lock arguably gives you greater protection today than a traditional deadbolt — not to mention all the great conveniences of smart lock technology, such as integration with lighting, sound systems, and other home automation features. Being able to let people into your home remotely — whether you’re home or not — is another great feature that can be used safely with a proper understanding of how the technology works.
A smart lock expert you can rely on
Part of the problem with all of this new home automation technology is that people are choosing and installing projects themselves, without the guidance of an expert. This is fine for a lot of “ordinary” home gadgets and appliances, but smart home technology in particular benefits from professional guidance. That’s why home automation specialists are popping up all over the country to help people get the most out of their smart locks and other smart home technology. But it’s important to find one with plenty of experience, clear fee structures, and good communication skills to help you maximize your smart home investments.