Finding a Smart Lock That Clicks for You

Lock and unlock your door with your smartphone, no matter where you are.

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Smart locks are slowly becoming a smart-home staple. Install one of these devices on your entry door and you’ll be able to lock and unlock the door with a smartphone app or a keypad. Some models lock and unlock the door automatically as you (and your smartphone) leave or approach the house. They’ll also allow you to check remotely to see whether the door is locked, as well as use a virtual assistant to lock the door. And some let you create a digital key for one-time use or for use during a specific time frame.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.