With a smart front door locks, you’re two steps ahead when it comes to protecting your family from unwanted visitors. You’re also simplifying your life by no longer needing to make copies of your keys when house guests come to visit and freeing yourself from having to remember to lock your front door each time you leave home. However, this convenience will be of little use if your smart lock’s password is not secure. The best way to establish a strong password for your smart lock is to understand which passwords you need to avoid, which passwords are secure, who you need to share your password with and when it’s time to update your smart lock password.

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Which Passwords Should I Avoid For My Smart Front Door Locks?

You know that old standby password you like to use for your email, social media and banking accounts? Well this is not the password you want to use for your smart lock. (Sidenote: You should also never use the same password for multiple accounts) 

To curate a hard-to-crack password, you should take a moment to think about facts about yourself others might know. This could be your birth date, a significant other’s name, your favorite color or your phone number. After evaluation, make sure not to use the answers to any of these variables as your password.

You should also try to steer clear of overly simplistic passwords, such as 1234 or the word “password” itself. A secure password isn’t a simple phrase, like “bigdog”, or a random word you found in the current book you’re reading. 

Short passwords aren’t the toughest either, but it’s even worse when you have a short password without alphabetical and numerical variations.   

Families with young children who need access to the smart locks should keep them in consideration when making a list of potential passwords. Always question whether the password you’re wanting to use is easy enough for them to remember.     

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How Can I Create A Smart Password?

Now that you’re aware of the types of passwords you need to avoid, you’re probably wondering what’s left for you to pick and choose from to create a secure passcode. Don’t worry, there are still many different options at your disposal. Like a variation of numbers that have some sort of connection to your family. For example, if you have five people in your family, and they were each born in different months (September, June, April, February and January), your password could be 596421.

Picking numbers at random is a great idea, too. If you have children, include them in the selection process by making a game out of the situation. You can write numbers out on a sheet of paper, cut them up, place in a bowl and have each member of your family select a number. The numbers your family chooses and the order in which they were chosen will be the smart lock passcode. 

Is there a specific song your family enjoys listening to? Or a city your family visits during the summer? While this information can be easy to crack on its own, you can make things more challenging by taking this information and changing it into some variation. So, if your family likes to visit San Francisco, California each year, a possible passcode could be SFCA or 7322 numerically.

Who Should I Share My Password With?

There’s no use putting this much effort into creating a smart passcode if you plan to share the password with anyone who asks for it. Instead, only keep the password between you and the rest of your household. Take a moment to sit down with the younger members of your family to make sure they understand why keeping the passcode important is so important for everyone’s safety. 

When family or close friends are coming to town to visit for a few nights, create a password that will last for the duration of their stay. Once they’ve packed up, said goodbye and hit the road, change your passcode back to the original one your family has chosen to use. 

Avoid writing your passcode on a slip of paper or keeping it hung on the refrigerator for quick reference. Instead, try your best to memorize the passcode within the first days of setup to avoid having your password seen by the wrong set of eyes.

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When is it Time to Change a Password?

Say it’s been three months since you’ve set up a secure smart lock passcode with your family. Your household has taken your encouragement into consideration by memorizing the passcode and keeping it to themselves. You’re enjoying the quick, keyless entry a smart lock provides and it’s been nice not having to hear the constant jingle jangle of keys bouncing around in your bags. Life is great and you’re probably thinking there’s no need to worry about changing your passcode ever again. 

Except, there is. No matter how clever or unique the password you chose may be, it still shouldn’t stick around until the end of time. Breachers are ruthless and will attempt to find as many clues as possible to get inside your home. That’s why it’s best to stay proactive and plan to change your password every six months or at a minimum of once per year.   

Smart Front Door Locks Can Lead To Smart Living

Smart front door locks cut back on the added stresses of day-to-day living. Adding a smart password takes your home’s security to a whole new level. Protect America provides family with secure smart locks from innovative and best-in-class brands. Speak to a security expert today to learn more about the steps your family can take to better control your home.