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Smart locks are one of the foundational elements of the smart home movement. Makers like , and have given us smart locks that work with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit. Smart locks add convenience and the ability to know what's going on with your front door from anywhere, but there are some risks. Here are some sensible tips to keep your smart lock safe.
If your smart lock is connected to a voice assistant, be sure to use a PIN to unlock it with voice commands. It's a stretch, but it is possible to create workarounds with to avoid using the PIN. It's also possible for someone outside your home to ask your voice assistant to unlock the door if they have just a few pieces of information about your device.
You can read more about that , but using a PIN for voice unlocking is an absolute must for smart lock safety. By default Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa both require a spoken PIN for voice unlocking, and you can use one with several smart locks, including the , the and .
Individual codes are a great way to not only ensure your safety, but also keep track of who's coming and going from your home. It's a good idea not to pass out just one code for friends, family, guests and commercial services. Most locks include the option for at least 10 codes. Some, like the, allow an unlimited number of individual codes.
Consider having a code for each household member, one for guests and one for professional services. Smart lock apps will let you know which code or user unlocked the door in an activity history log in the companion app.