The Idiot’s Guide to Digital Home Security

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There’s no doubt about it: smart home technology is here to stay. In just a few years, products such as voice-activated assistants, WiFi-enabled fridges, and wireless HD security cameras have gone from niche luxuries to mainstream items.

The advance has been particularly rapid in the area of home security. Complex alarms, requiring fitment by qualified professionals, have been surpassed by wireless, connected devices such as the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm, that can be accessed via your smartphone and fitted by a competent DIYer.

But, it can be daunting to know where to start with digital home security. To help you out, we’ve put together a set of answers to some of the most common questions about smart security.

What do you mean by ‘smart security’?

If you think of a traditional alarm, it would essentially consist of a control box, a siren, sensors, and a lot of wiring. It would act independently of anything else in your home, and you’d need to operate everything via the control box.

Smart security fundamentally changes this concept. You still have a control box (of sorts), a siren, and sensors. But now the alarm is both largely wireless and able to communicate to other devices in your home. So, that means a smart alarm can be armed via your smartphone; it can be activated simply by telling your voice assistant to do it; it can even tell your smart lights—yes, there are smart lights—to flash red if your home is broken into.

How on earth does that work?

As with most elements of smart tech, this all works through the help of Wi-Fi. Your smart alarm and other security devices will all speak to each other over your Wi-Fi network, so communication is as fast as streaming a TV show on Netflix.

Is digital home security really that secure?

On first hearing that your new smart alarm can be accessed wirelessly from anywhere in the world, it can be easy to question just how secure it all is. But, thankfully, manufacturers have included software that makes it almost impossible to crack.

Another benefit of smart home technology is that it can be updated over time, so even breaches that haven’t been discovered yet can be protected against before they happen.

Why is it so much better than normal security?

There are several reasons why smart security is better than its more traditional counterpart. Here are a few of the biggest benefits:

  • It’s pretty much wireless: Where older security systems required the drilling of holes and the plumbing of cable around the house, smart security systems are largely wireless.
  • It’s easily customisable: Thanks to its wireless credentials, it’s easy to add extra door and window sensors or IR units to your existing smart security setup.
  • It can integrate with other smart devices: This is where smart security gets really useful. You can do clever things like arm your alarm via Amazon Alexa, and link it up to a Wi-Fi camera, such as the Yale HD1080 WIFI Indoor Camera for added visual protection.
  • You can access it from anywhere: Perhaps the biggest benefit of all for smart security, is that you can operate your alarm from your phone—anywhere, anytime. This becomes even more useful if your system features a smart lock such as the Yale Conexis® L1 because with the addition of a clever module used along with the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm, you can unlock doors from anywhere in the world to let in relatives or house-sitters.

Isn’t smart security really expensive?

In short, no. Connected devices have advanced at such a rapid pace that the tech behind them has become affordable very quickly. You can now kit out your home with a smart alarm, smart camera and door locks for under £1000.

All the evidence suggests that, over the next few years, smart home tech is going to increase in popularity even further. Don’t be intimidated by the complexity of it. Instead, embrace smart technology and amaze yourself at how quickly you pick everything up.

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