There is no doubt that smart locks are convenient to use in a world that is more and more dependent on smart phones. Keyless and wireless entry, elderly and disabled-friendly, and increased security are just some of the many features that these smart locks boast.
Did I just say security? Yes, I did. Smart locks are supposed to keep homes very secure through the keyless feature. An electronic key or code serves as the key that opens your door. The smart locking system also notifies you when somebody enters or leaves your home.
However, there is concern about the security of smart locks. Two presentations at DEF CON showed that 12 out of 16 smart locks yielded to hacking. Locks with passwords that were transmitted in plain text were the most vulnerable to hacking. Others were also hacked through replay attacks. Unfortunately, most of the vulnerable smart lock makers did not respond to these security concerns when contacted about them.
While many smart locks are vulnerable to hacking, some types are doing very well in this regard and are almost impossible to hack. If you decide to install one in your home, make sure you find the most reliable model and brand. Better yet, avoid installing them on front doors and, instead, try adding them to a pool house, detached garage, or other less vulnerable door.