The Rise of Smartphone Controlled Security Products

With mobile phones and smart technology being such a necessity today, it’s not surprising that many industries are moving to an audience who rely on their tablets and phones for day to day activities.

A large majority of the public these days use their phones as their lifelines. With the introduction of products like Apple / Samsung pay, mobile banking and businesses installing email inboxes and invoicing systems onto their mobile phones, the impression that smartphones are insecure is disappearing rapidly.

The security industry has also jumped on board, with a number of products now available to make securing your home more convenient.

Despite this, questions have been raised about the security of these products, whereby losing your smartphone essentially means losing your house keys. What do you think – is this the way forward or a big no?

The Pros

The pros of smart home technology are significant and still gradually increasing as technology gets more intelligent and secure. With smartphones being a huge part of everyone’s day to day life, it’s not shocking that this security trend is becoming widely popular. Here are some of the most commonly cited advantages;

  1. Put your mind at ease.

Whether you’re off for a short business trip or long relaxing holiday, the last thing you want is to get hit with anxiety about whether you turned the heating off, locked the doors or turned the alarm on.

The benefit of having your home security on your phone or smart device is that you can put your mind at ease by being able to check your security on demand whenever you like.

Most apps will also alert you if anything happens whether that be from an intruder or just ensuring the cleaner has locked up after themselves.

If you’re worried about home or personal security whilst away, why not take a look at our holiday security guide.

  1. Increased convenience

In a rush? Know family members are still getting ready to leave after you? You won’t need to worry about triple checking your security before you leave or calling your teenager 20 times to check the door is locked as the convenience of having it all in your pocket solves all of that.

The comfort of having your security on your phone means that you won’t need to completely rely on remembering to do things before you leave the house or trusting other members of the household.

  1. Not just for locking doors

These security systems aren’t usually just designed for locking doors – they usually come with a whole abundance of safety features such as C02 detectors, appliance controls (ovens, heating, irons, tv’s etc) as well as CCTV cameras linked up to your phone.

These are usually really good for those at work who are worried about elderly family members living at home too.

The Cons

On the other hand, in this day and age, we are so swept up by the brilliance of technology that we don’t realise the drawbacks until we’ve spent all out money on it.

Whilst smartphone-controlled security products can make our lives easier, it does have some disadvantages too;

  1. Losing or breaking your phone

One big con of carrying around your complete security system on your person is the risk of losing and/or breaking your phone. Whilst there may be different ways to recover your security quickly, your home could still be compromised and you may find yourself in an inconvenient and stressful situation – particularly if others in your household rely on you letting them in or keeping an eye on things.

  1. Open to hacking

With many sensitive aspects of our lives being digital now including banking and medical records as well as home security, hackers are becoming smarter and smarter. Should a hacker get past your comprehensive wireless home security, they can gain access to everything.

This is definitely something to be cautious of and should be spoken about if purchasing one of these systems.

  1. Costly

We all know that you pay for what you get and that is, unfortunately, the same for any type of security. The more you spend, the better your product will be. With the risk of your home involved, it is important that this isn’t something you get wrong.

Paying for the added convenience of wireless security, you may find yourself with a big bill.

  1. Self-Assembly

Many of these systems are self-assembly meaning you need to install all of the pieces yourself. Without the expert knowledge, you might install components where they aren’t most useful comprising the security of your home.

If this is something that concerns you, you may be able to hire someone to help you out but this will incur an additional cost.

Looking to Secure your Home?

If you’re looking to secure your home with traditional locks, domestic safes for your valuables, or any other specialist security products, give our friendly team a call on 0117967 4994 and find out how we can help keep your property secure.