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Many Still Not Sure About Keyless Locks According to Security Survey

Recently we wrote about the true insecure nature of the traditional lock and key in both our Security Tech Watch Newsletter and our blog post entitled Keys to Credentials: The Evolution of Access Control. The mass produced locks found on most primary entry doors are easily picked, regardless of unique key cuts, and really only provide a delay issue to an intruder. When the lock and key are the only thing securing your home or business, you really leave yourself vulnerable. The invention and introduction of keyless locks was a disrupter to intruders counting on the average person still believing that their lock and key were going to keep their homes and businesses secure.

Businesses have been the first adopters of keyless entry systems, primairily for cost savings associated with not having to continually rekey locks and deal with lost keys. But, more importantly, they've enhanced their entry security significantly. Residences have been much slower to convert to keyless despite having one major activating technology at the ready: the smartphone.

Recently, OWI Labs conducted a small sample-size research survey to assess the willingness of the general public to switch to keyless entry systems for their residences. Bear in mind that the sample size representing the entire US public was only 202 respondents and it is not known if this is from one particular city, county, state, or region of the US, which could have a drastic effect on answers. For instance, if respondents were from a high crime city like Baltimore then we can expect the opinions about security to be vastly different than from a low crime small mid-west town and not representative of the entire country. However, the results are still interesting and worth checking out. Continue reading to learn what they discovered.

As smart locks and connected home accessories gain in popularity, most consumers are leery of replacing their physical keys with smartphone-based door locks, a new poll conducted by OWI Labs as found.

In a survey of 202 U.S. consumers, conducted on Thursday in collaboration with Lucid, OWI Labs posed the question: Would you feel comfortable ditching your house keys and using your smartphone as the primary way to unlock your front door and enter your own home?

Respondents indicated they are not overly confident in using their smartphone to gain physical access to their phone — just 33 percent said yes, they would feel comfortable.

However, the other 67 percent indicated they would not feel comfortable, with the lion’s share — 52 percent — saying “no” outright. The remaining 15 percent said they weren’t sure whether they would be comfortable ditching their keys for smartphone-based access.

It is unknown what, specifically, has most consumers leery about replacing traditional keys with modern technology, but there are a few likely factors, including:

  • Fear of losing access to one’s home if a smartphone’s battery dies or the phone itself is broken.

  • Security concerns over using a digital key for physical door locks.

  • Reliability concerns — physical keys don’t crash or require software updates.

  • The need to carry your smartphone on you to get in your own home may not be ideal.

Continue reading the OWI Insight about the results of this poll at

What we would like to add, in conclusion, is that the smartphone is not the only way to keyless entry. While our keyless entry customers love their new systems, if you are on the fence about your smartphone but you'd still like to explore enhanced security through keyless entry that does not involve a smartphone as intermediary, contact us to find out your options. GenX Security Solutions quotes are always free!


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