Ours truly is the technological age, and if you’re a Millennial or Gen Zer, chances are you pretty much grew up with a digital device in your hand. But no matter how comfortable you may be with your smartphone and tablet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to leap into smart technology. So, how do you know if it’s time to welcome smart systems into your life?
Added Safety on the Road
When you think of smart tech, probably the first thing that leaps to mind is the smart home, from voice assistants to lights, thermostats, and door locks controlled by your smartphone.
But some of today’s most exciting smart tech won’t be found in your home but in your car. For instance, you can now trick out your ride with drowsiness detection systems that will alert you if you are at risk of falling asleep while driving. And if you work erratic hours or face a long daily commute, this handy-dandy piece of tech can help keep you safe on the road!
Greening Your Home
If you’re looking to live sustainably, then it may be time to embrace smart tech. That’s because today’s smart systems are superstars when it comes to earth-friendly capabilities. And, best of all, it’s not that difficult.
In fact, something as simple as installing a smart thermostat or energy-saving smart appliances can significantly reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
Likewise, if you live in a sunny climate, roof or ground-mounted solar panels can even transform your home from an energy consumer into an energy producer. And, once they’re set up, your work is pretty much done!
The Convenience Quotient
One of the most appealing aspects of smart technology for many users is the convenience quotient. Smart apps excel in eliminating some of life’s daily aggravations. For instance, with smart door locks, you never have to worry about locking yourself out of your house again. Best of all, if you need to open the door to a delivery person or a friend or relative in the event of an emergency, you can do it wherever you might be, all with the touch of your smartphone.
Not only this, but smart technology can provide next-level security for your home. For example, with remote monitoring systems, you can keep an eye on your home, both inside and out, from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. You can even program your monitoring system to alert you to suspicious activity on your property.
And in addition to monitoring and security alerts, smart systems can also give you the power to remotely control your home’s lighting. This way, you never have to worry about coming home to a dark house or a shadowy driveway and garage.
A Word of Caution
As alluring as the capabilities of smart tech may be, however, if you’re thinking of integrating them into your life, there are some potential drawbacks you need to consider. Smart technology may, indeed, be smart, but that doesn’t mean it’s foolproof.
So, despite the convenience that these technologies can bring to your life, you will have to take on some added responsibilities in ensuring that your smart systems are secure. And that’s not a one-and-done proposition.
Securing your smart technology takes diligence and vigilance. You’re going to need to ensure, for instance, that you have a secure password that you routinely change. It’s also a good idea to install firewalls and even a secure VPN for an added layer of protection. Above all, you’ll have to learn to be especially cognizant of where your devices are and who might have access to them at all times.
Without these precautions, you might well be undermining the very security and convenience you sought in your smart tech in the first place. In the hands of a responsible, knowledgeable, and conscientious user, these technologies can provide exceptional security, but without such care, these systems can leave you even more vulnerable to intrusion than with traditional systems, such as manual locks.
And what that means is that, before leaping into smart technology, you need to do your homework. Research privacy and security strategies, as well as potential challenges that might arise. Ask yourself whether you have the time, know-how, and willingness to keep on top of system security, researching and implementing the necessary updates whenever and wherever needed to keep your systems safe and operating optimally.
Smart technology truly has the power to change lives, increasing security, safety, and convenience when used responsibly. But even if you’re a member of the digital native generations, you may not be quite certain that you’re willing to embrace smart tech. The reality is that newbies to smart systems have a wide array of options for testing the tech waters. The most important consideration for new smart tech users, though, is whether they are prepared to do what is necessary to keep their systems secure.
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