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Smart Locks: Must have home technology

What is a smart home? A smart home contains “smart” versions of everyday objects that can connect to a smartphone or a hub in order to increase convenience and functionality. There are a variety of smart home devices out there which includes light bulbs voice assistants, plugs, TVs, thermostats, and - yes! – there are even smart locks for your front door.


Smart Locks - Must Have Home Technology. What is a Smart Home? A smart home contains “smart” versions of everyday objects that can connect to a smartphone or a hub in order to increase convenience and functionality.  There are a variety of smart home devices out there which includes  light bulbs voice assistants, plugs, TVs, thermostats,  and - yes! – there are even smart locks for your front door.What is a Smart Lock? A smart lock is an electric lock that wirelessly unlocks and locks the deadbolt on a door. Smart locks can work with your smart phone.   The authorized device acts as a replacement for a key.   In the following sections, we will review how a smart lock is a necessary and highly beneficial part of a complete smart home. Works with Alexa, Google Assistant  & Smart Hubs with Z Wave/Zigbee. Smart locks can be managed with an app on your smartphone.   Smart locks should have the ability  to integrate with smart home voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant (often a Wi-Fi Hub is needed). This allows you to control it with your voice just like you can with many other smart home devices. Some advanced smart locks can be used with a smart home hub compatible with Z-Wave and Zigbee connectivity. Virtual, Electronic Keys for Your Home or rental property. One feature of the best smart locks is the ability of the homeowner to share secure virtual keys with anyone at any time.   To do so, the homeowner simply uses their mobile app to give access to other, specific people. To revoke this access, it is just as simple; use the accompanying app to instantly take away their authorization.   This feature is great when you have loved ones visiting.   It is also great for any home workers you might need to give access to. Electronic Key Management System. With a smart lock, you have complete control over who has access to your home and when they have access.   If you need to let a contractor in while you’re at work, but don’t want to grant them the unrestricted ability to enter your home whenever they want to, you can schedule specific time windows. Only during these scheduled times will their virtual key work.   Then, when their project is complete, you can schedule their authorization to be revoked permanently. With the added functionality of access management, the app keeps a complete history log of who has entered your home and when.   This allows you to stay updated to see if your household service providers are arriving and leaving on the correct days/times.   And if they forget to lock the door behind them, you can remotely secure your door right from the app. Are Smart Home Devices Secure? A major concern many people have about smart home devices is how vulnerable they can be to being hacked.  There are things you can do to make your smart home more secure: Secure your Wi-Fi network by purchasing a secure router. Update your devices’ software and passwords regularly. Only purchase and use devices that have built-in security measures such as encryption, 2-step verification, etc. in order to ward off hackers. An example of such a device is Shepherd Lock.   Each virtual key is encrypted for use only by the specified user, and they can't send or share their unique virtual keys with others.   Shepherd Lock has the added security of automatically updating the app you use to control the device. Convenience Features That Make a Smart Lock Worth It. Now you know how a smart lock is an essential part of a complete smart home, but let’s talk about some features that really make a smart lock worth it to buy. Keyless Entry. This feature is usually very appealing to users of a smart lock.   With a smart lock that wirelessly communicates with your phone to unlock, such as Shepherd Lock, all you need to do is approach your door and touch the deadbolt to enter. No need to remember keys or even remove the phone from your pocket. It’s that easy! Quick & Easy Installation. Some smart home devices take a lot of effort and technological know-how to install. Fortunately, Shepherd Lock only requires  5 minutes of your time and a screwdriver to install.   You simply remove your existing deadbolt, save the screws, and then put the prepared Shepherd Lock module into its place using the same screws. After you’ve downloaded the app and put batteries in Shepherd Lock, you’re ready to go!Smart Locks as a Smart Home Security System. In addition to all the benefits mention in the rest of the guide, a smart lock can act as a do-it-yourself smart home security system.  However, no contracts, fees, or wires are required for it to function. Security Alert and Alarm. Shepherd Lock has AI-enhanced tampering detection built-in.   This means that if someone attempts to pick your deadbolt, Shepherd will immediately sound an alarm and send you a notification. This is enough to deter most would-be intruders. Auto Freeze. If an intrusion attempt continues, Shepherd Lock will auto-freeze in the locked position, completely deterring all forced entry. Door Status Monitoring. A simple way to keep your home safe is to make sure your front door is closed and locked. Shepherd Lock lets you know if your door is open or closed. Check anytime in the mobile app.   You are able to monitor if the door is ajar, how far open it is, and whether or not it is locked. If left unlocked you can lock it from anywhere.

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