How to Use Tech for a Smarter, Safer Home

Want a safer home? There's home security technology for that. From wireless security cameras to home monitoring systems, there's a gadget that will help you feel safer both at home and on the go.

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When it comes to safety at home, you likely consider how to keep people out, how to let family and visitors in, and how to protect your possessions from disaster. Home automation has kept up with safety and security concerns, with many options to guard your home and your loved ones. These home security tips will show you how to smarten up your home's safety.

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Lock (or Unlock) the Doors

What's one of the oldest home security items? The key. But it's been replaced by touch pads, smartphones, and Bluetooth. There are a range of new locking systems, including touch pads with unique codes for entry. The most advanced systems unlock your door with your smartphone and allow you to send a virtual key to guests or other visitors such as repair people. They also allow you to see what virtual key opened the door each time so you have a record of who comes and goes.

No-Key Locks to Try

Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

If you're not home, you want your security system to not only deter criminals but also give the impression that you're there. Home automation can help with both. Wireless home security systems can include a safety-focused lighting control system that enables you to activate fixtures remotely when you're gone or create preset controls that turn on outside lights should you hear or see something suspicious.

Some off-the-shelf products can work with doors and windows to provide an alert if a door is left open, for example. And many professionally installed home automation systems offer monthly or subscription-based monitoring with occupancy sensors, cameras, and door opening alerts.

Fully integrated home automation systems include up-to-date monitoring and alerts for home security breaches, carbon dioxide levels, and fire alarm activation, to name just a few. As with other safety and security home automation options, most of these are controllable via an app or Internet connection to a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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Keep Your Signal Safe

In much the same way that they target your financial data, thieves can also home in on smart devices to gain access to your house or personal information. Safety and security home automation options should include password protection on all devices and networks.

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Security and Safety in a Smart Home

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