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Security: The Vulnerabilities of Smart Locks

By Dick Weisinger

Smart locks are door locks that are controlled by your smart app. The app can automatically open and lock your front door as you come and go and log all activity of entrances. But the apps have vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately, smart locks have had a history of problems and gaps of time before known problems get patched. In the meantime, criminals can get access to a log of your access and walk through the front door when you’re gone.

Jay Balan, delivery leader at S4 Services, said that “people believe their home networks are secure. All of us suffer from this bias. All of us feel something is safe because it’s on our private network. As such, all our security measures are extremely relaxed in our home networks.”

Craig Young, author and security researcher at Tripwire, said that “if the risk of strangers finding and opening your lock isn’t enough discouragement, just consider what you will do if you’re locked out because the lock maker got hit with ransomware or simply pushed a bad update.”

Paul Bischoff, privacy advocate at Comparatech, said that “unlike a traditional lock, a vulnerability found in a smart lock usually affects all smart locks of the same model. If that vulnerability reaches zero-day status, suddenly thousands of locks are compromised instead of just one.”

That’s not to say that normal locks aren’t vulnerable too. Standard locks have a long history of been vulnerable to picking. Smart locks have an element of convenience, but may have a ways to go yet on security.

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