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Digital Home Lock vs Manual Home Key Lock

Reported by: abrar hussain Owned by: srkline
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Description

Imagine a world without locks. That's a world without security. That would probably be a world that doesn't have valuables to protect. Because as long as there are valuables to protect, they should be home locks. That's just basic.
Now, if you lock your house or office, you do that to prevent strangers or unauthorized people from having access. If anyone had access to your “locked” room without your consent, then your lock isn't serving its purpose.
Maybe you need a stronger lock or you need a locksmith rekey service. You should suspect the latter if you've misplaced one or more of your key(s). A locksmith rekey service would change the working key of your lock without replacing the lock itself.
Before making your choice of lock to use, there are several factors you need to consider to prevent making a wrong choice. Using a digital home lock or a manual home key lock is one of them.
This article would guide you through the cons and pros of digital home locks and manual home key locks, and their types. We would also give you our verdict on the type to go for.
Let’s get started!

Mechanical Door Lock

Whenever you think of a door lock, it's probably a mechanical door lock you think of. This is because it's the most popular door lock in existence, commonly used, and the oldest. Our fathers and people of old have relied on this kind of lock for years. And it's not a kind of lock that's ready to go extinct any time soon.
Types of Mechanical Door Locks

1. Mortise lock

This is the typical door lock used in houses or offices. It's the popular door knob lock with a key. It offers decent security. Installation isn't a straightforward process. You need the know-how of woodworking to install. It's advisable you contact professionals for installation.

2. Cylinder lock

This is another common type of lock used in residential and institutional facilities. Installation is easier than that of a mortise lock. It offers lower security as it easily breaks on pressure.

3. Spring bolt

Spring bolts are mechanical spring-loaded bolts with an angled edge.
Deadbolt
Deadbolts are considered to be a very secure lock. You open them by turning a knob or key without a spring. They are more resistant to forced entry than the spring bolt.
Pros

1.	They don't need electricity to operate.
2.	We have reliably used them for years — this builds trust in them
3.	They last longer
4.	Easy to operate
5.	You don't need to bother about changing batteries
6.	They come for different security grades.

Cons

1.	You can misplace keys
2.	When exposed to water, can be difficult to unlock because of the rusted metals

Digital Home Lock
A digital home lock is an automated version of the manual home lock. They don't require keys to lock or unlock. But different mediums act as their key- fingerprint, card, the retina, or even a code. They are from advanced technology. And are controlled and monitored electrically.
In some cases, these digital locks work with the same principle as that of a manual home key lock, but it's engaged electrically or remotely.

Types of Digital Home Locks

Just as with manual home locks, they are various existing types of digital home locks. We would list them for you, not just to expose you to how advanced technology has gone with the locking system, but to give you a wide range of choices for your decision-making.

1. Coded entry

When someone thinks of digital locks, the first thought that comes to mind is the codes. Well, if that's so for you, then you are thinking of the coded entry digital home locks. A keypad is placed outside the house, and you must input a code to unlock it.

2. Key card locks

A keycard (a flat, rectangular card) operates key card locks. On the card, there's a digital pattern that the door lock must accept before unlocking the door. People usually use key cards as an alternative to manual home key locks.

3. Biometric door lock

Biometric door locks will use your unique identification to unlock. To explain further, no two people can have the same fingerprint, voice, or iris. So a biometric door lock will use any of this uniqueness as its key. However, biometric locks are very expensive.

4. Smartphone-operated lock

Just as the name implies, smartphones operate smartphone-operated locks. The lock allows homeowners to monitor and control their lock from any location. Their ability to sync with other smart devices is peng.
Pros

1.	User-friendly lock
2.	Security with comfort
3.	Ability to monitor access
4.	No key required-nothing to misplace
5.	Easily accessible even in the dark
6.	Easy to change/add users as you don't have to mold new key

Cons

1.	You may need to change the battery often
2.	No electricity, no operation
3.	Very expensive

Our Verdict

Are you at the junction of choosing between the manual home lock and the digital home lock? Then, maybe you need to hear our verdict. There's none better than the other — manual or digital.
It all depends on the surrounding situations. And what your priority is. Manual locks have stood the test of time (thousands of years) and have over time become reliable locks. So it is trusted. Many improved versions have been invented, once the lapses in the old version have been detected. It can now withstand most things intruders can throw at it.
On the other hand, the digital home lock is not to say that they aren't good. But they have just been around for just a short period. And the time is not sufficient to pick out all its existing or possible flaws. They focus more on convenience, class, and customer-friendly attributes than primary stuff such as durability.
Also, they are being exposed to a threat that manual home locks won't have to deal with — cybercrime. But, hey, you shouldn't write off the security attributes of digital locks. They are existing digital locks that prove to be more secure than your conventional manual lock. But those ones are extremely expensive.

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