Best home smart door locks in the UK 2017

The best home smart door locks of 2017

Carrying front door keys may soon be something of the past as smart locks become increasingly popular. Now it is possible to enter your home with a simple push of a button. Here at KeytekTM we are taking a look at the smart locks of 2017, which can help secure your home and protect your valuables in an intelligent, prompt and effortless way.

Types of smart door locks

Smart door locks provide multiple means of entry, offering homeowners increased security and an alternative to using a front door key. The most common means of entry include keypads, biometric or Bluetooth.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)- RFID locks allow entry by using a key fob or key card; this is used in most hotels.

Bluetooth- enabled locks- Locks which operate using Bluetooth will detect your smartphone’s Bluetooth ID and open when you approach.

Keypads and touch screens- Early smart locks use keypads as means of entry, offering the user to set up a unique pin code to gain access. Newer smart locks have replaced keypads with touch screens with panels instead of buttons, for sleeker design and increased security.

Biometric entry – Biometric entry smart locks use fingerprint identification to operate the lock. This is now operating on most current smartphones.

Top smart door locks of 2017

Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

smart door locks

This smart lock is one of the most popular available after receiving only positive reviews online.  Kevo allows users to track exactly who is locking and unlocking the front door with an app that sends notifications straight to your smartphone or tablet.

The Kevo Smart Lock contains a single cylinder Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt which can be locked or unlocked by touching the exterior side of the deadbolt, or with a key from the outside, as well as the turn piece from the inside. The feature users are most excited about is the in Home locking and unlocking using a smart device within Bluetooth range of the lock.

Source: http://www.kwikset.com/products/styles/kevo-2-electronic-deadbolt.aspx

Ultraloq UL3 touchscreen lock

smart door locks

The Ultraloq is a 3-in-1 touchscreen lock, allowing access via fingerprint, keypad code or key, designed for maximum flexibility, and to provide customers the option to eliminate the need to carry a house key. The advanced fingerprint identification technology uses scratchproof, dustproof and waterproof sensors to help make locking simple and secure. The lock can enrol 95 fingerprints and identifies the user in less than 0.5 seconds.

Source: https://www.u-tec.com/lock/ul3.html

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018505VDM?th=1

August Smart Lock

smart door locks

The August lock resembles a round cylinder which replaces the inside section of a deadbolt, allowing the user to continue using the same key. The August lock and its companion app, also gives the option of using a smartphone as a smart key, and it also compatible with HomeKit, Nest and Xfinity. The smart lock allows the user to use their voice to ask Siri, Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant to lock or unlock the door; this is particularly useful for occasions when the user is attempting to

open the door with both hands full.

An exciting feature of the lock is the 24/7 activity log which tracks exactly who enters and exits the users home, this is particularly accurate due to the virtual key feature which allows a user to send a unique virtual key to a guest, allowing them entry for a few weeks, hours, or even minutes.

Source: http://august.com/products/august-smart-lock/

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HJP62LL/A/august-smart-lock-homekit-enabled

Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

smart door locks

The Schlage smart lock meets the highest industry rating for security and durability tested beyond 250,000 uses. The Shlage single bolt electronic lock includes a touch-screen keypad which allows users to lock and unlock their door without keys. The lock is recognised for being equipped with an extremely loud alarm which will alert the user in there is activity, tamper or forced entry.

 

 

Source: http://www.schlage.com/en/home/keyless-deadbolt-locks/connect.html

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smart-locks,review-3352.html

http://uk.pcmag.com/schlage-century-touchscreen-deadbolt-lock-be469nx/9774/review/schlage-century-touchscreen-deadbolt-lock-be469nx-cen619

Yale Keyless Connected smart lock

smart door locks

Yale is a name you can trust when it comes to home security products, and is very much the case with the Yale Keyless Connected smart lock. This lock gives the user freedom to not only secure their home without a key, but also without a smartphone if desired. It is completely the user’s choice whether they would prefer the door to be locked and unlocked via Pin code, key card, key tag, remote fob or smartphone.

The lock gives the user complete control over who and when people have access to their property, as PIN codes can be set for temporary access for a limited amount of time. The lock also features a tamper alarm and incorrect PIN code alert, ensuring your property is secured at all times.

Source: http://www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/productsdb/smart-door-locks/keyless-connected-smart-lock/

https://www.wareable.com/smart-home/best-smart-locks

Smart security for your home

Don’t stop with just locks on doors. Make sure your home is equipped with the latest smart security features including CCTV and smart radon detector. See how to make your house more secure with the latest smart technology.

Fitting smart door locks and regular locks

The front door is the first line of defence against intruders, burglars and unwanted visitors, therefore it is crucial to ensure your security is always up to date and of the highest quality. A smart lock is perfect those looking to make security easier, however we understand that a smart lock is not suitable for everyone, and some customers will prefer traditional methods. As security experts at KeytekTM Locksmiths, we want to ensure our customers are provided with the best service suited for them, for this reason all our locksmiths offer full home security and insurance compliance checks as a part of our service, and will ensure to recommend quality products that meet all your needs. Call 03303320589 or visit https://www.keytek.co.uk to book a locksmith today!

How to keep yourself safe on the road

Are you a safe driver?

Have you ever thought about what you shouldn’t do while driving?

Do you know what should be avoided while driving?

How do you become a safer driver?

It is national road safety week this week, and at Keytek we are committed to keeping our customers safe in and out of the home. We aim to discuss what should be avoided while driving, how you can become a safer driver and driving safety tips. All statistics from www.think.direct.gov.uk

Speed

Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents. The speed of any given road is a limit, not a target, weather conditions and traffic flow will affect what speed you should be travelling at. Even if a road has a speed limit of 60mph, driving at that speed on a dark foggy night is dangerous; common sense should tell you that you should be driving slower than 60mph.The law states that you must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your vehicle type. The speed limit is an absolute maximum and doesn’t mean that it is safe to drive at the maximum speed in all conditions. This is especially true on country roads, which have blind bends and may have animals in the road. The limit for most of these roads is 60mph, but you will need to drive under that to be safe in the conditions. On average on these types of roads is 48mph.

Did you know?

  • The risk of death is four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30.
  • In 2013, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor.

So next time you are running late for work and your speedometer is nearing 40mph in a 30 zone, think about the consequences of an accident, or hitting a pedestrian.

Fatigue

Studies have shown that drivers do not fall asleep without warning. Fighting off drowsiness by opening a window or turning the radio up, will not work for long. 20% of major accidents on major roads are sleep related. So, what can you do to stop yourself being involved in a sleep related RTC? The government suggests planning a 15 minute break every two hours of a long journey. Find a service station and sit down for 15 minutes with a drink or something to eat, or stretch your legs with a short walk, it could save your life. You must never start a long journey if you are already tired, this is just asking for trouble. If you are already on a long trip and start to feel sleepy, you need to pull over somewhere safe (not the hard shoulder of the motorway). Try and drink two cups of coffee or a caffeine drink, then rest for 15 minutes to allow the caffeine to work. However the only real cure for sleepiness is a proper sleep. Coffee, other caffeine drinks and a short nap are NOT long term solutions and you will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.

Did you know?

  • Men under 30 have the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel
  • Peak time for accidents are in the early hours and after lunch

So next time you feel your eyes start to droop while driving, pull over as soon as possible, don’t risk your life and the lives of others.

Drink Driving

In this day and age, we shouldn’t have to warn you about drink driving. You’ve seen all the warnings and anyone who thinks it’s ok to drink drive shouldn’t have a licence. But how much of the facts and statistics do you actually know?

There are strict alcohol limits for UK drivers:

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is:

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

However, you cannot use this to judge how much alcohol you can drink and still be under the limit, as you weight, age, sex and metabolism can change the way alcohol affects you.  So it’s always better to be safe than sorry, when it comes to drinking and driving. Stick to lemonade if you are the designated driver.

There are very strict penalties if you are convicted of drink driving;

  • A minimum 12 month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A hefty fine
  • Up to 6 months in prison
  • An endorsement on your licence for 11 years

If this list doesn’t put you off drink driving, then the everyday consequences of having a drink drive conviction might. These can include, increased insurance costs, trouble going on holiday to places like the USA, struggle to gain employment, termination of current employment and the loss of your licence means a loss of independence.

It’s not just the night of you have to worry about when drinking. You could still be over the legal limit the morning after. A shower, sleep and coffee will not sober you up, only time can do that. There is no excuse for drunk driving, alcohol effects everyone’s driving for the worse, and it doesn’t matter if you are ‘only going down the road’ as a large number of drink driving incidents happen within the first three miles of the journey.

Seatbelts

If you are not wearing a seat belt and crash, you are TWICE as likely to sustain a fatal injury. The consequences of not wearing your seatbelt are larger than just getting points on your license. In the worst cases it can mean death. The most common injury in a head on collision, for an unrestrained person, is severe head and facial injuries, as well as major damage to the chest, pelvis, legs and feet.

If you are not wearing a seatbelt, then you are breaking the law. If you are caught driving without a seatbelt, then you can face an on the spot fine of £100 and if prosecuted the maximum fine is £500.

The bottom line is where your seatbelt, if you don’t, you are more likely to die. If you want more information on seatbelt safety and videos on what can happen if you don’t wear your seatbelt visit think.direct.gov.uk/seat-belts.html

 

Mobile phones

Phones are getting smarter and more powerful every year, and most of us would admit that we are a bit obsessed with our phones. However, this is having a detrimental effect on driving. 23% of drivers have admitted to using a handheld mobile at the wheel to make a call or text within the past 12 months and 12% of people have admitted to checking texts, email or social media at the wheel. You may think that looking at your phone for just a second is harmless, but any time that your attention is not on the road is dangerous, a glance at your phone is all it takes to miss a hazard.

Within UK law, it is illegal to use a handheld mobile while driving; this includes using your mobile to follow a map, read a text or to check social media. This does not change when you are stuck in traffic or stopped at traffic lights. If you are caught using a mobile in your car, then you will receive 6 points on your licence and a fine of £200. Many people don’t know that it also illegal to use a mobile phone while supervising a learner driver. Research shows that you are 4 times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone in the car, and it also shows that your reaction times are two times slower if you text and drive than if you drink drive. A statistic which may shock you.

The best course of action is to leave your phone in your bag, or somewhere you cannot see it, if you know you will get distracted. Or you can purchase a hands free device however, if you use your phone for navigation and if this distracts you and negatively affects you driving, then you can still be prosecuted by the police.

It is so important to keep yourself safe while on the road. While you can’t control the behavior of others, you can take steps to ensure your own safety. Don’t drive over the speed limit, don’t drink drive and don’t use your mobile phone, being simple examples of this. For more information on staying safe while driving visit think.direct.gov.uk/

To find more info on vehicle safety, then read our other blogs;

https://www.keytek.co.uk/blog/help-prevent-car-stolen/

https://www.keytek.co.uk/blog/car-and-bike-security/

Shop Safely this Black Friday

How do you shop safely online this Black Friday?

As technology progresses, more items than ever before are available to buy online, from clothing and food to plane tickets and hotel rooms. With an infinite number of choices online, all available from the comfort of your own home and without the hustle and bustle of crowds in a shop, online shopping is a convenient and easy alternative to shopping in-store. However, before you embark on an online shopping spree, ensure you are aware of the security risks when shopping online and how to protect yourself. While you don’t have to be concerned about pick pockets while shopping online, there are still malicious hackers looking to steal personal data and financial information. Follow our savvy online shopping guide and you can shop online with confidence.

 

Make sure you’re buying from a real online shop

It is vital to always shop using familiar websites which have received good reviews from previous customers. Malicious hackers are known for setting up fake shopping websites to either infect your computer with viruses and malware, or to steal your payment information during the ‘checkout’ process. Hackers can use your information for identity theft and credit card fraud.

How to spot a fake online shop:

  • A peculiar URL – for example, if the shop is called very-cheap-shoes.com the chances of the website being genuine are very slim.

  • Strange contact information – most online shops will have their own business email, for example customerservices@boohoo.com as opposed to boohoocustomerservices@hotmail.com.

  • Very low prices – If the online shop is selling an expensive product for less than half the retail price, it is most likely a scam.

  • Bad language – A reputable company will hire a copywriter to ensure all content on the website is written with no mistakes. Any grammar or spelling mistakes are a huge warning sign.

  • Bad design – Online shops, especially those in the fashion industry, take pride in their modern and sleek website design. If a website is designed badly and is hard to use, it could possibly be a scam.

Is it a secure site?

When shopping online, make sure to check the website has SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption installed. You will know a website has this by checking that the URL begins with https:// instead of http://, and a small lock symbol should appear in the URL bar.

 

Use strong passwords

It is common for people to use multiple online shopping sites for different products, this will often require making multiple accounts storing personal and financial details.  It is important to ensure the passwords for these accounts are not the same as this is a huge security risk. We advise the use of password generators to create long complex passwords which are almost impossible for hackers to crack.

 

Check your bank for irregular activity

For those who frequently shop online on multiple websites, it can be difficult to keep track of the transactions made, therefore we advise shoppers to keep a personal record of what has been purchased, which website you used and how much money was spent.

Don’t wait for your monthly statements to check your bank transactions, make sure to check either online or in store regularly in order to increase your chance of spotting fraudulent activity or purchases you didn’t make promptly. It is vital you notify your bank of any fraudulent activity immediately in order to secure your account and receive any money you didn’t spend back into your account.

 

Protect your PC

It is extremely important to have an effective antivirus system on your device, as this is the most basic form of protection when using online services. Installing malware protection will scan incoming and outgoing traffic to your device in attempts to detect any potential malware.

 

Beware of scams

There are various phishing emails circulating advertising deals and offers which appear, and most often are, too good to be true. It is often during holiday times when scammers send out viruses and malware concealed as a gift or inclusive offer. Scam emails can be so well designed that they often have higher click rates than legitimate emails from real businesses. In order to outsmart scams we advise shoppers not to open emails from companies they do not recognize or haven’t previously used.

As well as email scams, online shoppers should beware of clicking on advertisements or links on social media websites and around the web. Often pop up websites will advertise attractive deals, however it is important to carry out research to determine if the advert is genuine and has genuine customers, or if it is a scam.

 

Avoid using debit card

When online shopping, it is advisable to use credit cards or services such as PayPal, as opposed to debit cards.  Debit cards are riskier to use due to them being linked to your bank account, and are at a higher risk of exposing personal information if hacked. Credit cards offer shoppers more protection and less liability if card details are stolen.

 

Stay private

Wi-Fi has become a daily part of modern life, however it does have limitations. It is important to never shop online using a public or open Wi-Fi which isn’t password protected, as this could allow a hacker to hijack all your traffic, allowing them to track all your activity while you are shopping, including your passwords, emails, addresses, personal and financial information. We recommend avoiding public hotspots when online shopping, as these are most likely unsecured.

 

Be smart about apps

While mobile phone apps are a convenient method of online shopping, there are various deceptive apps on the market which have been made to steal your information. Ensure to only download apps from reliable sources such as the Apple App Store or Android Market. When using an app for shopping pay attention to the permissions the app asks for. If the app asks to access information such as your contacts, or any other suspicious activity, it is best to avoid it.

 

Don’t give extra information

Most online shops will only require payment information and shipping information. If a store asks for extra information such as your date of birth, National Insurance Number or any other suspicious details, be wary of using such websites, as they could be attempting to steal personal information.

Online shopping has become increasingly popular and also a growing concern among security experts. Various methods of protection have been introduced to help increase security of online shoppers, from two-factor authentication to improved protection software’s, so we’re optimistic the future of online shopping could be more secure.

We hope that this blog has given you some great tips to protect your next online shopping spree and is a reminder that it’s not just your home security you need to be savvy about. Check out some of our other blogs for other security tips you may not have thought of.

Home security for children 

Telephone scams

 

Sources:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373130,00.asp

https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/online-shopping-security-tips/

https://www.safewise.com/blog/10-cybersecurity-tips-for-online-shopping/

Is your baby monitor safe?

Baby monitor security: Who else is watching?

Smart baby monitors are useful devices for busy parents wanting to keep an eye on their little one whilst he or she is sleeping, yet as more devices are able to connect to the internet, there is a higher risk of a security breach. As we become increasingly dependent on apps and the internet, many parents may consider a smart baby monitor which allows you to use your smartphone as a baby monitor so they can monitor their child remotely, however, how secure are these devises; who else could be watching?

Hackers crawl the web in search of unsecured cameras in order to exploit them. This could be for criminal gain or for their enjoyment, either way there are measures that can be taken to offer protection from this activity.

 

How to keep you baby monitor safe from hackers

Updates

One of the first things you should do when you purchase a baby monitor is to register the monitor; this assures your device will be updated with the latest firmware. Most manufacturers will update a devices firmware in order to fix a security issue or other technical problems, so it is recommended you check for updates regularly.

 

Restricted

It is advisable to restrict any remote viewing and access to the baby monitor when it isn’t required. While using the internet –connected features of a baby monitor is exciting and offers smart methods of motoring your child, leaving these connections active could make it easier for a hacker to gain access to the baby monitor and to breach your devices security.

 

Strong passwords

Many hackers will search for open cameras, or those which has a weak and generic default password, therefore it is vital users set strong password for access to the camera, even if they are not prompted to change it initially. Remember to change your password at least once a year in order to reduce your risk of a security breach.

 

Secure your network

Securing your home network such as the wireless router will help prevent hackers making their way into your home network, and all the devices connected to it. If you are worried about the security of your home network, and your personal data, then it is vital to increase the security by setting a strong password.

As a parent your child’s security is a priority, therefore if you have concerns about the privacy and security of a baby monitor, we recommend looking into the privacy settings and contact the manufacturers on how to increase the security. Following these precautions, if you are still worried about the security of your baby monitor, consider using a non-internet-connected device or an audio only monitor.