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    How To Protect Your Home, Family with Smart Lock

    The world has progressed to such an extent in the past few decades that it has become hard for many of us to imagine our lives prior to the evolution of various technological devices.
    Think about it. How did you survive without a smartphone?
    While these technologies have made our lives easier in one way or another, no invention has come as close to being beneficial as a smart lock.

    These locks have made our lives quite easy and secure. After all, now we don’t need to worry about whether we left the doors of our house unlocked. Now, all you need to do is use your smartphone to make your house secure.
    A smart lock is a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled smart home device that allows users to lock and unlock a door by sending secure signals from a mobile application on their smartphone, computer, or tablet.
    Lifewire reports that smart locks provide a new home security experience with the ability to customise who can access your home and when, lock or unlock your door from anywhere with your smartphone, and even unlock the door with your voice.

    What can a smart lock do?
    A smart lock is more than just another smart home device. A smart lock gives you a whole list of features and capabilities no ordinary lock can match. The key when reviewing smart lock options is to choose one with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, instead of only Bluetooth connectivity. If your front door is too far from your smart home hub to reliably connect via Bluetooth, this significantly reduces your ability to use many remote features that are the true benefit of a smart lock.
    In addition, smart locks may contain some or all of these features:

    Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to view entry and exit logs in real-time so you always know who has come and left your home and when — great for parents to verify kids get home safely after school.
    Bluetooth connectivity allows your smart lock to recognise you by connecting with your smartphone and unlocking your door as you approach.
    Multiple keyless entry options could include proximity unlocking with your smartphone, remote unlocking with your smartphone, custom code numbers for anyone who needs to enter your home, voice command, and touch or fingerprint recognition.
    Create permanent or temporary entry codes for visiting guests, cleaning services, dog walkers, repair services, and every individual member of your family.
    Set limitations for access for every entry code. Limitations can include days of the week and specific hours to ensure code holders can only access your home during approved times.
    Auto-locking options let you set your smart lock to automatically lock the door if left unlocked for a specific amount of time.

    Perimeter auto-locking can automatically lock your door if your smartphone’s location is detected outside of a designated perimeter from your home (also known as geofencing).
    Receive alerts on your smartphone if someone tries to break in or tampers with the smart lock. You can also set it to automatically notify police or a home security service should this occur.
    Integrate with your connected smart home to activate other smart home devices when your door is unlocked, for example set your smart lights to turn on when the door is unlocked.
    Sync your smart lock with your video doorbell and any indoor cameras for extra security and to view or record anyone that accesses your home (or attempts to).
    Common concerns about smart locks

    When it comes to the security of your home and family, it’s natural to have concerns about making the switch to a smart lock.

    Here are some common concerns many people have about smart locks:

    Can a hacker use the Wi-Fi connection of my smart lock to access my home?
    The most important key to keeping all of your connected smart home devices secure from hackers and electronic tampering is to ensure your Wi-Fi system is set up using security best practices, including requiring a password to connect to your Wi-Fi and always using complex passwords. Your smart lock and all of your connected smart home devices access the Internet through the same Wi-Fi set-up your computers, smartphones, tablets, and TV streaming service use.
    Making your Wi-Fi set-up as secure as possible is the most effective way to protect against hackers.

    How much do smart locks cost?
    Depending on the brand, model, and features, a Wi-Fi-enabled smart lock prices range between $100 and $300.
    If my Internet connection or electricity goes out, how do I get into my home?
    Many smart lock models also come with a traditional key port so you can use it as a standard lock if needed. Additionally, the Bluetooth connectivity will still work with your smartphone when you are in range for the phone and lock to connect to each other.
    Smart locks are also designed with these common issues in mind. When you have narrowed down your choices, review how the manufacturer has designed the smart lock to work in these situations.

    A honeypot is a security system designed to detect and counteract unauthorised access or use of a computer system. The name “honeypot” is used in reference to the way the system traps unauthorised users, such as hackers or spammers so they can be identified and prevented from causing further problems.
    According to www.techterms.com, honeypots are different from typical security solutions because they intentionally lure in hackers or users with malicious intent. For example, a company may purposely create a security hole in their network that hackers could exploit to gain access to a computer system. The system might contain fake data that would be of interest to hackers. By gaining access to the data, the hacker might reveal identifying information, such as an IP address, geographical location, computer platform, and other data. This information can be used to increase security against the hacker and similar users.

    Another example is an email honeypot designed to counteract spammers. It may be configured as a fake email address that is intentionally added to known spam lists. The email address can be used to track the servers and relays that send spam to the honeypot account. This information can be used to blacklist certain IP addresses and domain names in anti-spam databases. An email honeypot can even be used as a counterattack tool, which forwards spam to the email addresses of identified spammers.
    While honeypots are an effective way to monitor and protect information systems, they can also be expensive to maintain. Therefore, honeypots are used primarily by large companies and organisations, rather than small businesses. Government and educational institutions may also deploy research honeypots as a means of tracking unauthorised access attempts and improving security solutions.
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