A Response To "What Are Your Best Door Locks?"A couple months ago we published "What Are the Best Front Door Locks?," listing some of the most high-tech locks on the market: August, Kevo, Goji, Okidokeys Smart-Lock, and Lockitron. But can these so-called "smart" locks really outsmart the good ole lock and key? While those in the tech industry often praise these new generation locks for their automated features, actual consumers are scratching their heads over the most basic thing you can ask of a lock: can it keep you safe?
Bluetooth ConnectionsSome of the biggest fears surrounding smart locks revolve around the connection between the lock and your phone. For instance, how each device implements the latest version of Bluetooth can be a cause for concern. If it isnt done per sec, the lock might not benefit from the latest security features that are baked into Bluetooth, leaving your home vulnerable to security holes. Additionally, since most smart locks connect via Bluetooth, WiFi, or both, they are more vulnerable to the possibility of a remote hack. But outsiders getting in isn't the only threatif you lose power or your WiFi is down, you may not be able to get into your own home. In this situation, only iPhone 4s and 5 users can gain entry. If you have any other type of phone, you'll need to get the original key or you're out of luck.
SEE ALSO: 4 Up-And-Coming Home Security DevicesWhile taking security protocols online can seem like a whole new battlefield for those weary of security in the digital realm, the connections made by smart locks were built with the utmost defense in mind. Most smart locks are implemented through a 128-bit AES encryption, the kind of protection used for online banking. This level of encryption isn't to be underestimated; it's also used by the US government for low forms of classified information. For some like the August lock, the ability to connect to the internet isn't even a possibility (users can only connect via Bluetooth), decreasing the potential of remote hacks and helping to preserve battery life.