How to keep your home secure with smart technology Re June 20, 2022

How to keep your home secure with smart technology

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Smart technology is everywhere in 2022. Even if you only have a smartphone, you are part of a technological revolution that has seen us streamlining more of the tricky elements of our lives through our devices. And while there is some reluctance to adopt these new ways of doing things, especially in older adults, there has been significant growth in the amount of smart homes across the world.

This number is only predicted to continue rising over the next few years. There are now a wide range of devices on the market, and they’re no longer exclusive items for the super rich. But have you ever thought about how smart technology could provide better home security for your property?

Here, we take a look at how you can keep your home secure with smart home technology, and consider some pertinent issues you might want to think about when introducing these new devices into your own home. You don’t have to be experienced with tech to enjoy these wonderful additions!

Lock your property with Bluetooth

One of the primary concerns of homeowners is keeping their front doors tightly locked to prevent intruders from entering, both when you are at home and when you’re out. Standard, traditional locks may have seemed like the safest way to secure your home, but new technology has improved upon older methods of home security.

Smart locks connect to your phone using either an app or Bluetooth, and they can sense your presence. These locks can be connected to other smart systems within your home, which means that they can be used to automatically alert your lighting systems or heating systems to your presence –  so you can save energy without thinking about it.

Using WiFi-enabled locks means that you can keep track of the comings and goings around your home when you are on holiday, too, so you can always know whether someone is inside your home. It is, of course, harder to pick a smart lock, too!

Smart doorbells for every home

Have you ever had your doorbell ring and not known who was on the other side? Or been out somewhere and had a package taken away rather than delivered due to no one being home? Smart doorbells are a great way to improve your personal home security while also offering extra convenience. 

They can be connected to your phone and use a camera system which will flag when someone rings the doorbell. You will then be able to see who is outside your home, and with a two-way speaker system, you can inform them of whether or not you’re in if you wish to. This can be a great way for you and your family to stay safe by not answering the door to strangers, and can also be used to connect with delivery persons if you want them to leave your precious parcels somewhere safe.

Introduce sensors for safety

Sensor systems are another excellent and smart way to boost your home security. You can have sensors attached to your doors, outbuildings and windows and you will receive an alert via an app on your smartphone if a window is opened unexpectedly – some will even sound an alarm to frighten off opportunistic intruders. 

These systems can be useful for less nefarious intent as well, as you can keep track of elderly relatives and children who may open windows unthinkingly, leaving your home less secure. Sensors can be easily and unobtrusively installed into your existing window and door frames, and can even be used to keep garages and sheds a little safer.

Monitor your home away from home

When you are away from home on long trips or even a day out, security cameras are an essential part of smart home security. These are fantastic wherever you are, but you can use a smart security system to monitor your property visually from your smartphone or another device. This allows you to see when people are near your property and gives you peace of mind.

Control your devices from anywhere

As you consider your home security needs, you might spend most of your time thinking about things like break-ins and burglars. However, another factor to consider is how secure your household essentials are. For example, you might not worry about leaving your electrical appliances when you go out, but some could potentially cause fires. 

When you introduce smart appliances, heating and lighting into your home, you can control these remotely. A smart lock may, as we mentioned, be able to trigger some things to turn off when you aren’t in, but for added peace of mind you can link everything from your thermostat to your coffee maker to an app on your phone, and check on them even on your commute to the office.

Think about your WiFi

While fears regarding smart technology lessening intelligence have been proven to be unfounded, it is still sensible to think carefully when installing smart home features. These tools can provide amazing security for your property, but you should always make sure that your WiFi is secured so that hackers cannot access your information, including details regarding your security technology. 

This might include using a VPN, but can be as simple as ensuring your WiFi has a strong password that you don’t give out to anyone outside your home. If you use smart home features in an intelligent way, they really will give you more peace of mind and make your home feel safer.

As you can see, there are so many ways that smart technology can help you, whether you’re experienced with tech or a complete novice. While you might not be ready to introduce all of these smart technology features into your own home, each provides valuable protection that could create a more secure home for you and your family. 

 

By: Pauline Davis

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