The question has been asked by plenty of tech savvy home owners for the past few years, but for most people it’s just beginning to cross their minds. True to their form, smart home security systems definitely have a lot to offer that older home security systems (or a total lack of security systems) just don’t. That said, they open up a whole new realm of possible changes and vulnerabilities that need to be addressed too. This article will help you to understand what you’re getting into when you sign up for a system (or don’t) so you can make the best choice for you and yoursmurt family.

The first thing you need to take into consideration with your smart home security system is that there is a learning curve that every user, no matter how tech savvy, must experience to completion before the home can be secure from accidental bugs and/or actual burglars. That said, once you have that figured out, you’re good to go. What will it take to learn how to use your smart home security system? I’d say it’s worth your time to do the walk-through tutorial and even to ask technicians who come to install it.
Ah, that’s another thing. The system is going to have to be installed by professionals and you want to make sure you have that done right otherwise cameras won’t be looking in the right direction or the alarm won’t trip if a forgotten window is broken. Thsmartese kinds of weaknesses are what most burglars rely on when they decide to hack into a house, and they’re issues that you can’t afford to overlook.

…If you can even afford the setup in the first place. Expect high price tags with your new home security system, as everything from the locks in your doors to the cameras in your bathrooms are going to have to be automated and connected to each other using bluetooth and radio sensors. The major issue that tends to create problems with home owners that have opted into smart security is that their home networks simply can’t handle the load of internet-equipped objects that they’re now forced to work with. Make sure you’re prepared to upgrade your internet service and buy a state-of-the-art router if you’re going to opt in.

Oh, and if you blow a fuse your door might not unlock.

The final major issue before we get into the positives of a smart home: you have to realize that if a talented hacker truly wants to enter your home, you’re actually making it easier for them to get in by installing a smart home security system. You will of course be assured that your system is encrypted and that no hacker will be able to enter, but the thing is that it’s happened before and it will happen again. Sometimes a real lock that takes physical force to break can keep these kinds of people out better than a smart home security system.

The good stuff: you can check to see if your home is locked while you are away and be immediately alerted in the event of a break-in.. that’s some good stuff right there.