How to Use Tech for a Smarter, Safer Home

There's more smart home security technology today than ever before. With wireless security cameras, home monitoring systems, and more, there's a gadget that will help you feel safer at home and on the go.

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When it comes to smart home security, 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. With wireless surveillance cameras, smart home door locks, and smart home lighting, your home has never been a safer place to live. These smart home solutions will show you how to up your home's safety.

Lock (or Unlock) the Doors

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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 But it's been replaced by touch pads, smartphones, and Bluetooth.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 smart home door locks, 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. Wireless home security like this could revolutionize the way we work with repair people, delivery workers, tech installers, and more. 

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Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

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If you're not home, you want your security system to not only deter criminals but also give the impression that you're there. Smart home control systems 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. A variety of off-the-shelf wireless home security cameras are available both for outdoor and indoor use, with a vast array of features, including zoom, recording, facial recognition, and audio functions.

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

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In much the same way that they target your financial data, thieves can also hone 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. When choosing a password, make sure you pick something easy for you to remember, but hard for a stranger to guess. You address, last name, or even the word "password" are examples of passwords you should avoid. 

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