Use them with your smartphone
Smart locks can integrate with a coordinating app on your smartphone to act as a remote. It doesn't get more convenient than that!
Authorize entry for multiple people: track who entered and left when
By creating a unique password for each person who has access to your home, you'll be able to see who came and went and at what time. This is particularly useful for things like pet and house sitting.
Never worry about losing your house key again! Additionally, lose the paranoia that comes with keeping a copy of your house key under the mat (or the flower pot). There is absolutely no chance of a stranger finding a key to your home.
Many similar technologies are hackable
There aren't too many technologies that aren't hackable, so this con is not unique to smart locks. However, it's worth mentioning. It's unlikely that your home will be targeted by a hacker, but home security may not be an area you are willing to take that chance in.
New to the market - not entirely streamlined and don't interact with many other, popular smart home products
Most smart locks cannot "talk to" other smart home technologies at this point in time. They are newer to the market and aren't generally compatible with other popular smart technology, like a smart fridge, Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Some of them are compatible with home security cameras, however.
This technology sometimes doesn't work as expected
Technology, in general, tends to have instances where it doesn't work as expected. Whether this is an error or a bug in the programming or accidental misuse by the user, sometimes technologies can be difficult to "get right".
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