How Smart Locks Stand Up To Conventional Locks

Many consumers are questioning the security of the Smart Lock, but isn’t it far to say that both the Smart Lock and conventional lock have security issues? The traditional lock is vulnerable to bump keys or lock picks and Smart Locks are vulnerable fuzzing, device spoofing and replay attacks.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

Much like physical locks, Smart locks are not perfect. However, by sticking with brands that encrypt the user password for Bluetooth transmissions, the risk will be decreased significantly. August Smart Lock and Kwikset Kevo are among the best options, according to Anthony Rose, an electrical engineer and researcher, and Ben Ramsey, a researcher. The two researches tested 16 Bluetooth Smart Locks in 2016, with 12 of them opening when wirelessly attacked. The other two locks that were able to pass the test were the Masterlock Padlock and Noke Padlock.

 

The Breakdown Of A Smart Lock

A Smart Lock is described as an electromechanical lock that performs locking and unlocking actions, when activated by an authorized iOS or Android device, utilizing a cryptographic key and wireless protocol. The wireless protocol acts a communication gateway between the lock and wireless router, while the cryptographic key prevents unauthorized access.

 

Wireless Communication Standards

Bluetooth is the most common protocol utilized in Smart Locks, because it generally relies on less battery power, but its signal range is limited up to 300 feet. The Z-Wave connection is also limited to 120 feet, but each additional device extended the range up to 600 feet. The Z-Wave protocol requires a separate hub to remotely control and manage the lock from afar.

Wi-Fi is mostly offered as an optional add-on with select models. With Wi-Fi and a separate hub, users can control the lock from anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection available.

 

Convenience

There is no comparison between the two locks, when it comes to convenience. Traditional locks can only be unlocked with a mechanical key unless it has a touchpad. Smart Locks can be unlocked and locked from the companion app, voice commands, electronic key codes, auto-unlock, a simple tap and gesture control.

With a separate hub, users will be able to control and monitor the lock from anywhere in the world. They also have the option of sharing temporary or permanent PIN codes with family members, friends and public service providers.

 

Conclusion

Today, conventional locks are embedded with a bump guard feature that protects again lock bumping. Most of the top brand conventional locks and Smart Locks have an ANSI Grade I security rating, which is the highest level of residential security available. When it comes to investing in a new lock, there are many different aspects to consider, including convenience, security, durability and longevity.