If you insert the words “how to pick a lock” into a Google search, an array of results will pop up, including blogs, videos, and even instructions with pictures. They teach you how to master opening all kinds of locks with hair pins, paper clips or a lock-picking kit. Such tutorials raise concerns when you think about the number of ill-intentioned people viewing them.
To protect yourself and your belongings, all points of your home’s entry must be fortified with locks. A deadbolt remains the best traditional key option, but there is a better option outside of traditional key systems.
A smart lock secures your home and its entries digitally. The old-fashioned, metal key is tossed out when using a smart lock. Forget about rummaging for keys in your loaded bag, or fretting over lost keys, or duplicating them for spares. Most importantly, you can leave the house instantly without having to physically turn locks.
Smart locks are differentiated based on the level of security, price, and entry method. Most keyless entry locks follow the grading system implemented by the American National Standard Institute, ranging from Grades 1 to 3, with Grade 1 being the most secure. You can then adjust your needs to your budget.
PIN Code Recognition
As the name suggests, you need to create and remember a PIN or password to gain entry with a smart lock. This method is secure as long as you know how to properly keep your PIN safe. Avoid commonly used PINs, such as 12345 or your date of birth.
If you can, don’t write down the PIN in a place easily accessible to others. Change your PIN every three months. If you’re inept at memorizing numbers or PINs in general, perhaps the acquisition of a smart lock should be postponed until you can find a better way to overcome these challenges.
Access Card Recognition
You see this form of smart lock at corporates’ employee entrances. Access is granted as soon as you tap the card against the door. This method serves the memory-challenged person well, but it still calls upon some organizational skills. If you store your card carelessly, such as inside your purse, a thief can obtain it by grabbing your purse. Store it where access is difficult. Also, don’t be forgetful and always be aware of where your access card is.
Though this type of smart lock is the most expensive kind, it’s also the most secure. You can save several fingerprints into a machine that only allows access to those people with fingerprints stored. By merely swiping your finger, you can enter the house swiftly without hassle.
Once you select the type of smart lock that’s right for you, the next step is installation, which is not to be underestimated. Contact an expert, such as a locksmith like Coastal Contract Hardware, who owns the proper equipment to achieve a proper installation.
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