Best Smart Home Security Devices For 2019

Posted: Dec 11 2018, 9:45am CST | by , in Technology News

Best Smart Home Security Devices for 2019
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Want to step up your security for the new year? Check out these smart devices that will bring your home up to the times.

Smart devices for your home aren't just becoming more common — they're becoming more affordable, too. Let's take a closer look at some of the best smart home security devices that can give you a more secure 2019.

1. Security Systems

Home security systems have come a long way from the outdated motion sensors of yesteryear. A smart home security system, like the Abode Starter Kit, can increase your home's security with door and window sensors, cameras and motion detectors you can control with the included key fob, your smartphone or some different virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Home. The starter kit is available on Abode's website for $300 and comes with a hub, two window/door sensors, a camera with a motion detector and a key fob.

2. Garage Door Openers

There's nothing like driving all the way to work, only to remember you forgot to close your garage door. A smart garage door opener allows you to open and close your door from your smartphone, no matter where you are. You can also use it as a security feature — for example, you can open the door to allow a package delivery or to let a guest in, then close it behind them. Most, like this MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener available from Amazon for $79.99, will also send an alert to your smartphone if your garage door opens when you're away from home.

3. Smart Locks

Electronic smart locks are starting to gain popularity. They can be convenient — imagine not having to stop to unlock your door when you're hauling in bags of groceries — but they can also improve your home's security. They can make it a snap for you to allow guests into your home if they arrive before you do — unlock the door with your smartphone or give them temporary permission to enter.

4. Cameras

Being able to keep track of what is going on in your home when you're not there is just one attractive feature of smart home security devices. Cameras like the Amazon Cloud Cam, available on Amazon for $119.99, allow you to do just that. This camera will enable you to view the 1080p feed remotely, and stores 24-hour clips you can access from your smartphone or the Amazon website. This camera is also compatible with Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant and features night vision and two-way audio communication.

5. Virtual Assistants

Speaking of virtual assistants, you can use Alexa or Google Home to improve your home's security. Many of the smart devices we've listed above are compatible with these smart assistants, providing hands-free control. You can also use these assistants to call emergency services if someone breaks into your home. You can even use the cross-platform compatibility to build your security system without having to buy one single brand — if you prefer Amazon cameras, but want a Kevo smart lock for better security, you can mix and match your system's pieces easily and then sync them all to a security hub or directly to Alexa.

Even top-of-the-line smart devices for home security are less expensive than having a professional security system installed. If you want to make your home a little bit safer, consider some of these smart devices.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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