Smart home technologies have quickly taken over homes across the world. Two products in particular have separated themselves from the rest of the competition; the Amazon Echo and Google Home. While the Amazon Echo has become fairly common, the Google Home remains a bit more unknown. Both third-party gadgets are voice controlled devices that connect smart applications throughout a home using the internet. Although they are essentially the same device for practical purposes, there are a few differences between the two, particularly security. This article will dive into what Google Home security means and what the options are.

The Google Home device does not necessarily protect your home by itself but enhances your home’s security as an addition to your system. By connecting your Google Home to your security system, you can control everything with your voice through one central hub. You can integrate Google Home with any device that uses Google Assistant. A few security products that can connect to Google Assistant are Nest, SmartThings, IFTTT, Philips Hue and WeMo but you aren’t limited to just those options. With the power of Z-Wave, customers have much more possibilities.

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Z-Wave

Z-Wave is a wireless network that connects home automation devices. The technology works on the principle of a mesh network that will seamlessly pass signals to one another allowing the user to control all of their Z-Wave devices from anywhere in the world. If you want a better understanding for what exactly Z-Wave is, checkout Protect America’s blog that helps explain.

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    By using Z-Wave, you are able to manage and direct devices with your voice through Google. However, Google Home will not control Z-Wave devices directly. It must be connected with a home automation hub. Once you have selected a hub for your Z-Wave system, Google Home will be all set to voice activate your light bulbs, thermostats, locks and any other smart devices. This will allow total access to all your devices and more importantly, your home security. If you’re using Z-Wave, a professionally monitored home security system would be highly recommended for properly protecting your home.

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    Cameras

    For a more in-depth review on what cameras connect best with Google Home, checkout Protect America’s Google Home Security Cameras article. To sum it up however, you have a few great options. Firstly, the Ring Video Doorbell can directly connect to the Google Home and has become widely popular for monitoring the front of a home. Through Google Assistant, Vivint Security can offer an entire security system package designed to connect to Google Home. Unfortunately, Vivint requires a fairly sizable contract. Geeni, on the other hand, provides lights, cameras, and more for Google Home at a more affordable rate. Camera options include both 720p and 1080p cameras. Nest is the most obvious choice for a single, DIY security camera however because it is owned by Google.

    Google Assistant

    Rather than Z-Wave, some products are built to integrate with Google products with Assistant. You are able to connect your Nest camera using Google Assistant fairly easy and gives you control of the entire security system. Unfortunately, you are not able to disarm your system using voice commands. Vivint is also able to connect to Google Home using Google Assistant. With the Vivint Sky panel, customers are able to check the status of their smart locks as well as the weather and even arm the security system with voice commands. For a full smart home experience, ADT has released Pulse, which is their smart home capable security system. By integrating your Pulse to your Google Home through Assistant, customers can control all smart devices such as locks, thermostats and even lights.

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    Personal Privacy

    People have become increasingly more concerned with personal privacy in light of learning that companies store and sell their personal information. While the Echo has had numerous complaints about waking to anything that sounds remotely close to the word Alexa, Google Home hasn’t received similar complaints. It will only send information up to the cloud if someone says the wake word, “OK Google.”

    How to Mute Google Home Mini: Extra Privacy Measures

    Reduce false wake ups and find peace of mind with your smart speaker by taking advantage of its unique features. For example, if you’re wondering how to mute Google Home Mini you can rest easy knowing there’s a switch for that. The device has a two-state switch that you can physically toggle on and off. When you want to mute your Google Home Mini, flip the switch off. Keep in mind that your smart speaker won’t be able to provide you with voice assistance while in this setting. When you’re ready for voice assistance, toggle the switch back on.

    More security measures stem from the power to delete activity from your Google Home.

    Have Questions About Home Security?

    If you are someone interested in home security or finding a better home security option, contact Protect America today for an obligation-free quote. A professionally monitored system, with an installation process that’s as easy as peal-and-stick, Protect America has been an industry leader for 25 years. Let the professionals ensure your security so you can ensure peace of mind.