As technology advances, we begin to see more and more innovations that make the promise of revolutionizing home security. The modern home is “smarter” and more connected than ever, and as it continues to connect, your life might become that much simpler. Various styles of keyless entry have begun to increase in popularity over the years, including key fob entry systems. By eliminating the need to fumble with your keys, the process of home entry is considerably streamlined. However, some people have questions about the safety of key fob entry. Let’s take a look at the facts.
What Is Key Fob Entry?
Key fob entry is a proximity-based security method. When operating automatically, your key fob sends a signal to a lock when it is within a certain distance, thereby unlocking the door or gate. There are also push-button fobs that can operate from a greater distance. In essence, this is the same concept that is used for remote garage door openers.
As for modern applications, you can find systems tailored to key fob entry in many places. It’s a method used by apartment complexes, parking garages, office parks, and gym facilities. More recently, key fobs are starting to be used more often for private residences. If you need a way to provide access to maid, babysitter, gardener, or any other trusted professional, assigning them a key fob is a simple way to do so. This is also starting to become a more prominent method for people who list their residences on homestay services such as Airbnb.
This returns us to the issue at hand – whether or not key fob entry is safe. At the end of the day, the primary concern is one of common sense. Who possesses a key fob that permits entry into your home? Are they all trusted family members, neighbors, or professionals? If so, you likely don’t have much to worry about. Reckless distribution of key fobs to less-than-trustworthy people is a good way to increase your odds of a break-in.
With that said, the advantages of key fob entry outweigh the risks. If you misplace a key fob, it can be deactivated remotely, much like a stolen credit card. Some security providers even change access codes at regular intervals to make intrusion that much more difficult. Furthermore, some keyless systems keep automatic records of entries, in case you need to verify the time and date of someone entering your home or business.
As long as you’re responsible with those who are permitted access, key fob entry is a safe and convenient security measure. If you’re interested in further security features, including surveillance cameras, contact TC Tech Systems today. Since 1994, we’ve provided the Austin area with security measures, business phones, and much more – speak with us to find out how we can help your home or business!