Are smart locks safe, I mean actually safe? That is a top question for many first-time smart lock buyers. And as you can imagine, the answer may vary depending on the product in question. Some smart locks might install onto the outside of the door, leading some industry experts to posit that burglars can break in using a flathead screwdriver to pry off the cover and expose the electronics beneath. Other smart locks may open as the homeowner approaches the home, leading those homeowners to experience accidental unlocks and accidental locks that open their home to vulnerability.
At Shepherd Lock, our product works a little differently than other smart locks. We have a consistent and accurate way to measure user intent: touch + BLE authentication. To unlock Shepherd Lock from the outside, the user needs to be within a close range of the lock to be validated and then the user must touch the deadbolt to indicate that the lock needs to respond. Once the deadbolt has unlocked the user can then open the door and enter the home. Accidental locks or unlocks are a thing of the past with Shepherd Lock.
Taking a flathead screwdriver to a deadbolt lock won’t expose your home to vulnerability the way it could if you used that tool on a smart lock installed on the outside of the door. Shepherd Lock installs only on the inside of your door, leaving your existing metal deadbolt lock in place on the exterior of your door. Shepherd Lock comes equipped with sensors that can tell if someone is trying to tamper with your lock and will auto freeze your lock in the locked position if prolonged tampering occurs, giving you time to take whatever action is necessary and keeping your home safe.
These top two areas of concern with smart lock safety are important to keep in mind on your search for the best smart lock of 2021, or the safest smart lock on the market.
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