Home security involves persona security practices as well as installing security hardware in your home. The key lock guide is meant to help you adopt safe practices that will make your home secure and also make it easy to operate within the environment.
My Short Introduction
I am a home security expert, obsessed with keeping my home security systems on top. Thanks to the development in the digital age, we can now keep our homes safe in several ways using different automation systems. I love to write about the systems and hopefully teach you valuable information to keep you and your family safe.
Do you need to take extra safety measures?
I believe everyone needs a home security system. The standard of living is on the rise, which means there is also a percentage increase in the number of home invasions and burglary. With the rise of home delivery, it is also important to protect ourselves against theft of our delivered goods.
Just the other day, my neighbor came home to a ransacked home, and nobody had any idea who robbed him. It turns out that his daughter had left the back door unlocked. It was quite hilarious and sad at the same time. Especially because this could have been avoided very easily.
How can you make your home safer?
By implementing different security measures that will keep you safe while you are inside and away from your home.
The top solutions to keep your family safe include
- Getting a video doorbell
- Key organizers
- Smart locks- electronic lock and deadbolts
- Security keys
- Password managers
- And Key finders/trackers
Do you need a video doorbell?
With the state of security for home owners everywhere, I find it necessary to have video doorbells in your home.
They have a lot of power in providing some security in your home. It does not matter whether you go for the wireless as a home security system or single security measure. The two most powerful video door bell so far are the ring video doorbell and sky video door bell.
Here are some reasons you should have a video doorbell in your home
- You get to see who is at the door at all times
- You can speak to people without opening your doors
- It provides you with a high quality video surveillance
- You have information on who came by your home when you were not around.
If you are on the hunt for a key organizer, you probably have a bad key situation. I can tell you that I understand you more than anyone. To me, one of the most important things is my everyday key arrangement and carry.
The worst that could happen is if you lost track of an extremely important key in your sea of keys or just maybe lost the whole key chain.
Having endless number of keys has its disadvantages as well
- They can create excessive bulk
- The keys shift around and make endless jingles as you walk
- They poke your legs
- They cause excessive wear and tear to your clothes
The situation is not good, especially for guys who have to carry the keys around since they do not have any bags.
Keys can be super annoying since they cause some discomfort throughout the day. If you have it in your pocket, you will not be able to concentrate on anything.
The main solutions that will help you keep the keys in place and make them easier to carry around is the key organizer.
There are endless types of key organizers online and in stores. While some are made y big brands that specialize in everyday carry, others focus specifically in key organizers. Since there are so many companies and endless reviews about key organizers, I do not know which one I can trust. I decided to put the most popular key organizer brands in a one on one battle to find the champion.
This is the review process is used
- The first step is to identify the top products on the market
- Buy the products
- Set up each product and use them for at least two weeks
- Write down my observations
- Before I get to the best key organizers, here are a couple of things you should know
You will have to sacrifice some form of convenience in order to carry the key organizers. Even though they make your keys comfortable to carry, they will be much more difficult to use. When you want to use the keys, there is an extra set up or action required
The ease of use of a key organizer will depend on how you set up your keys. You may read a great review on a key organizer but without the proper set up it won’t do any good for you. For instance, if you have an uneven number of keys and some are thicker than the others it will be quite hard to get the set up right.
If you do not have any car keys or a fob key, the products will work best for you. Most organizers do not work well with plastic car keys, which is unfortunately what I have.
Key organizers are perfect for people who like carrying extra accessories on their key chains.
You can have a
- Bottle opener
- USB stuck
- Pen knife
- Multi-tools and others
Here are the most important categories used to judge the best key organizers
- The price
- Ease of use
- Pocket comfort
- Ease of setup
A list of key organizers
The bellroy key cover plus – It is a key cover than accommodates multiple bulky keys. it’s magnetic closure makes it easy and convenient to use. it is easy to set up and fits comfortably into your pocket like a wallet.
The orbitkey organizer- is made of high quality material by a popular company. It is available is different materials including canvas, leather and rubber.
NB; if you have longer keys, the orbitkey will not accommodate them perfectly.
The keyport slide – it is a unique key organizer that is easy to use. You can use it with one hand and no strain at all. It is very difficult to set up and you have to get new keys that are specifically made to sit this key organizer.
The keyport pivot – it looks like a basic key organizer but will accommodate your existing keys perfectly. You can easily customize this organizer with pocket knife, multi-tools and flashlight.
Keysmart – keysmart, a key organizer and accessory maker company has launched several keysmart makes to save you from your bulky, annoying keys. The keysmart compact, keysmart pro and keysmart ragged are designed for capacity and functionality, while the keysmart leather, and extended are built for aesthetic and also functionality.
These comparisons of the top key organisers will help you find the perfect key in terms of
- Key tracking – keysmart vs keybar
- Customization option – Keysmart vs keyport pivot
- Material – orbitkey vs bellroy key cover
Things to look out for in a smart lock
Smart locks do not come as a single lock unit.
You will have to integrate them into an existing lock structure. This means that you will not have to start the installation from scratch.
Here are features to look out for when installing the smart locks
A wireless connectivity
I think this is one of the main qualities you should look for in a smart lock system. Most keyless smart locks I found are compatible with both Wi-Fi communication networks and Bluetooth.
Why look for the connectivity? You will have a better signal transmission from the lock to other digital components. My question is this, why get a smart lock if you cannot control it from your phone or computer?
- Schlage connect lock has a Wi-Fi connection that is very effective over a long distant control. You can control the lock while you are several miles away.
- Yale Assure Lock’s Bluetooth connection can keep the smart lock in communication with other security components.
It is funny how we never have to worry about the batter power in a normal deadbolt. Smart locks, just like any other technical device need a power source.
In my quest, I found that most smart locks run on battery power. Instead of dwelling too much on the type of power, you should concentrate on the battery strength.
- If you are planning on using the smart lock in a high traffic home you will need a highly durable battery. The Nest Yale lock runs on 4 AAA batteries that will last you for 2 years.
- There are different types of batteries for your smart lock. You will have to choose between the AAA and AA, both of which are replaceable.
Note; do not go for a smart lock that will give you a hard time when it comes to replacing the batteries.
Most smart locks have alarm systems that will notify you before the battery is completely dead. This way; the battery will not run out on you when you need to lock or unlock the door.
What is the beauty and convenience of a smart lock if you cannot access it remotely? Don’t get it confused with log in access. With remote access, you can unlock and lock the doors when you please.
From a considerable distance, you can change the pass code and configure the alarms.
For example, the Kwikset Premis allows you to change the pass code in case of emergency situations.
Other important features include:
- The authentication methods
- Security tokens
- Multiple access solutions
- Automatic locking and unlocking
- Alarm integration
Why you should get a key tracker
There is always a moment where we lose concentration or have a memory lapse and end up forgetting or loosing something important.
A key tracker will ensure that you have your valuable items close to you at all times. If you ask me, having a key tracker acts as a great stress reliever. You will always be calm and relax knowing you have a safety precaution.
Not convinced yet? Look at these benefits that come with owning a key tracker
The first one is always security
To many, this is one of the biggest advantages of having a tracking device. For instance, if you leave your keys lying around and some unlawful person picks them up, you could be subject to a robbery or other security threats.
With the tracking device, the moments you lose it you can locate easily locate them. Not to mention the time consuming searches and expensive replacements you will dodge.
I failed to mention before that you can use key organizers to track more than just your keys. Some of them are attachable to other valuable item s that you would not dare lose.
A peace of mind
As I said before, the key trackers give you a sense of relief. Let’s say you misplace your phone, wallet, or handbag you will have some sense of safety knowing you can find them with just a click of a button.
Have you experience some minutes of anxiety and self doubt every time you lose your belongings? Well I have and it is not a great feeling.
The need for speed
One other reason I find the key trackers do convenient is that you will be able to save time. If you are a clumsy person like I am, you have some moments everyday where you manage to lose some of your valuables. When I do this, I proceed to use several hours trying to locate them only to find them in the most obvious places.
I with the key trackers you only have to use some few minutes max to locate your valuables and proceed with more important activities.
So what should you look for in a key tracker?
There are many qualities of a good key finder.
- and app compatibility
The tile mate key finder has employs Bluetooth technology which helps you tracks your keys and lost items from many miles away. This small key finder has a battery that will last you up to a year
Esky wireless transmitter comes in different color options. It operates in a radio frequency that has a range of 30 meters.
The govee wireless key allows you t track multiple lost items at once. It has a single remote control that is in charge of 6 features.
Checkout this list of the best key trackers…
Just like physical security, I would say that online security is pretty important to everybody. Some of the risks that come with having access online is identity theft and vogue codes. We can agree that passwords are not what they used to be when it comes to offering some online protection.
USB security keys play a big role in maintaining your safety online. They operate along a long line of cyber security and two factor authentication.
What is a USB security key?
They are USB plug-ins that offer you protection against account break in and phishing. When you plug in using the USB security key, your computer or device will detect that you are the one accessing your accounts.
Here is a list of the best security keys available in the market
Yubikey 4 – it is made by Yubiko, a pioneer and front runner in the U2F technology. The yubikey 4 supports multiple protocols and is compatible with multiple operating systems.
Google Titan security keys – although this is new to the security key market, it has great potential. The titan security key supports the FIDO security protocol and works with most devices (including android and IOS)
The Fido 2 security key – This USB security key has an outstanding universal compatibility and sleek construction. It is created in a pivoting aluminium body that keeps the actual security key safe from damage.
I want to remind you I am a home security expert who is on the look-out for your security. My primary goal is to help you find security systems to integrate inside and outside of your home (including internet security) to provide your family with peace of mind.