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    Make your day with Amazon Alexa.

    September 18, 2020 10:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Amazon Alexa - Prime Day - Schlage

    Whatever you’re looking to control, Alexa can take home automation voice technology to the next level.

     

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    “Alexa, Earl Grey, hot.” While this might not be the most important request you make of your Alexa device today, her answer of “Unable to comply; replicators are off line…” is sure to be a disappointment.

     

    From charming pop-culture Easter eggs to advanced home automation functionality, Alexa-enabled devices have become a staple in smart homes around the world. Featuring an ever-evolving list of skills, people have fallen in love with the convenience of Alexa. So, if you’re planning on picking up an Alexa device on Prime Day this year, Schlage would like to remind you of all the great things you can expect.

     

    Managing your thermostat. Controlling your home’s lighting. Locking your front door. Whatever you’re looking to control, Alexa can take home automation voice technology to the next level. Better yet, Alexa is not alone. Many of today’s most respected and innovative brands –Schlage, GE, Phillips, Ring, Nest and others – are supporting smart -home technologies with products that were literally once the stuff of science fiction.

    “Alexa, what can you show me?”

    Alexa-enabled devices are designed to work with a range of brands innovating in the home automation space.

     

    Alexa can control the volume of your Sonos wireless speakers. Phillips Hue lighting can be turned on and off or dimmed, just by asking. Your front door can be locked with your voice and you can monitor many of the safety systems in your home, including video doorbells and security cameras. This is just scratching the surface. If you’ve been considering adding home automation technology into your life, now is the perfect time to get started.

    Amazon Alexa - Smart locks - Schlage

    “Alexa, lock the front door.”

    It’s no surprise that Schlage is among the leading companies innovating for the smart home of today (and tomorrow). In 1909, Schlage’s founder, Walter Schlage, received his first patent for an electronic door lock that could also turn the lights on and off. Now, more than 100 years later, the company he founded is expanding its innovation footprint by introducing a whole family of smart locks that can be accessed from your smartphone or from your Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

     

    With the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, Amazon Echo users can lock their doors with their voice, and with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can also unlock the door via voice and a unique PIN. Convenience and peace of mind are just a voice command away and represent but a fraction of what voice-activated home automation promises to bring to you and your family.

    “Alexa, play Holst Jupiter on Spotify”

    There are a wide range of Amazon Alexa-enabled devices for you to consider, each sporting its own particular set of features tailored to your preferences and the specifics of your home automation system. From the Echo Plus smart speaker, to the compact Echo Dot, to the video-enabled Echo Show, there are plenty of options to match your needs. Pick your favorite and then sit back and enjoy, as a whole world of possibilities in home automation open up for you.

    “Alexa, what’s the date?”

    With all home automation devices, a little research and preparation can go a long way in making sure all of the products you pair with your system are compatible and will work properly. You’ll be well on your way to making yours one of the more than 5 million smart homes in America today.

     

    By 2025, it is estimated that there will be more than 41 billion connected devices in our homes, cars and more. Since you can get started exploring the Internet of Things for as little as $500, when you consider the convenience, safety, security – and fun – connected technologies can bring you, it’s certainly worth looking into.

     

    And there's no better time to start than right now.

     

    Get smart and healthy with wellness technology for your home.

    September 16, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Wellness technology | Schlage

    Try some of these high-tech options if you’re designing a wellness home or encouraging your family to be healthier.

     

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    Many predicted that the average home in 2020 would have about 500 smart devices. It’s reasonable to ask at least some of that technology to help you achieve your health goals. More people are even expecting it from the get-go. Try some of these high-tech options if you’re designing a wellness home or encouraging your family to be healthier.
    Man sitting on couch looking at tablet while drinking coffee.

    Smart tech in the kitchen

    We recently wrote about going low-tech in wellness design and shared kitchen tips like creating an efficient floorplan and ventilation to improve your eating habits. Smart devices can help in a lot of the same ways, especially if you pair them with those more traditional solutions.

     

    Many devices, including smart refrigerators or this counter they’re testing in the WHIT lab, can help you find healthy recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand. Some might also talk you through the recipe, sharing how-to videos, offering ingredient substitutions and helping with meal prep. This smart home aid can take some of the struggle out of eating healthy, especially when the main obstacle is know-how.

     

    Look into smart appliances and fixtures that can help you on your culinary journey as well. Delta VoiceIQ is a smart faucet that senses and adjust water temperature, is voice controlled and can measure the exact amount of water you need, even if you’re using an unusual container. And some smart ovens will monitor whatever’s cooking to make sure your meal is plated at the right temperature and never dried out (hopefully). Think how much easier it is to feed your family well when what you serve is prepared to perfection.

    Smart tech in the bedroom

    We’re all familiar with that sleepy feeling that makes us feel sluggish, cranky and unproductive during the day. Two of the most impactful ways to get better sleep are through improving air quality and lighting. Although studies show that poor air quality does not cause sleep deprivation, they are linked. When it’s harder to breathe at night, you are likely to have a harder time getting to sleep and staying there, similar to those with sleep apnea. It can also increase the chances of other respiratory disorders.

     

    You can upgrade your HVAC system to more effectively handle air toxins or get an air purifier to do the same job on a smaller scale. Keep in mind that some indoor air quality monitors that do just that – monitor. Investigate all the features of a device if you want something that can not only detect VOCs and allergens but also automatically make the necessary adjustments to improve the air quality.

     

    Artificial light interrupts our circadian rhythm, meaning it makes it more difficult to sleep at night and feel refreshed in the morning. Adjustable color temperature lighting can help counteract this problem by mimicking natural sunlight and helping us reset our sleep schedule, improve mood and reduce anxiety. Aside from its everyday benefits, circadian lighting has been shown to also help those who suffer from seasonal depressive disorder as well as those recovering from jetlag or unusual work schedules.

     

    In an unexpected twist on circadian lighting, WHIT uses it under the stairs. Not only will you avoid harsh artificial light as you head to bed, but it also reduces fall hazards.

     

    To state the obvious, windows let in valuable natural light. It’s why so many people promote putting your home office near a window. But when they let in too much light, keeping you awake during longer summer days or by overheating the room, consider smart tinted windows or automatic solar-adaptive shades that adjust based on the sun’s location. For something in between these automatic solutions and simple blackout curtains, look for remote-controlled window treatments.

    Smart tech in the home gym

    If exercising more is part of your wellness goal, there are more and more at-home options right at your fingertips. Of course, you can opt for smart rowing machines, Peleton and Mirror, which will guide you through workouts and provide feedback to keep you moving. But those aren’t your only options.

     

    If you’re a runner who wants more out of their treadmill workouts, try these earphones that can monitor your stride. By tracking things like pace and balance, it can improve your training and maybe even help you avoid injury.

     

    No one likes an injury. Access to physical therapy can mean the difference between getting back to daily activities and forever being hampered by aches and pains, especially among older adults. Some smart devices and healthcare providers now offer at-home physiotherapy sessions, perfect when you can’t make it to an office or gym for rehab.

     

    Finally, lest you think you need special subscription services to get a good sweat going, consider smart speakers and smart screens – it could be as simple as casting from your laptop to your television – to improve your workouts. Great music can promote better fitness. Make your space work as hard as you are and improve your chances at success.

     

    Don’t forget about making your mind stronger, too, whether it’s a smart yoga mat or apps to help with meditation and mental health.

    Smart tech for mother-in-law suites

    Multigenerational homes are becoming increasingly common. If you have a mother-in-law suite or a separate apartment on the property, these smart home devices can give everyone peace of mind without limiting independence. Fall sensors detect when someone has slipped and, if that person is unable to get up, some of those devices will contact emergency personnel. Not all fall sensors are camera-based so you can still install some in bathrooms without sacrificing privacy.

     

    If you or your loved one needs help remembering to take medications, smart pill bottles or even a simple schedule reminder from Alexa can help them stay on track.

     

    Alexa and other voice assistants can do more than just remind you of things, though. They can be great for those whose vision impairments make it difficult to see a clock or read a recipe, or for someone who is unable to reach a phone if they need emergency assistance. Some studies have found that voice assistants that offer games can also help improve cognition and loneliness, two common risks to overall health among older adults.

    We know technology can sometimes seem overwhelming, but once you get started, you’ll love the ways it makes your life more convenient, safer and more fun. Find answers to some of your burning tech questions at the Schlage blog or follow us on Twitter.

     

    How to protect electronics during a disaster.

    September 15, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Protecting electronics during disasters | Schlage

    Emergencies can happen any time, which is why it’s best to be prepared. These tips for protecting personal electronics and appliances during a disaster are a good place to start.

     

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    Emergencies can happen any time, which is why it’s best to be prepared. How you prepare depends on what kind of emergency – hurricane, fire, flooding, tornado, winter storm – you’re likely to face and whether evacuating your home will be necessary. The tips below for protecting personal electronics and appliances during a disaster are a good place to start. We hope you never have to use them, but with proper planning, you can lower the risk of damage to your home, family and peace of mind.
    Woman using laptop.

    What you can do today to prepare for an emergency

    You don’t have to wait until the last minute to make many of your preparations. When you put together your emergency kit, take some time to safeguard the rest of your home as well.

     

    • When it comes to personal electronics you’ll want to keep with you during an emergency, pack extra wall chargers. Remember chargers for cell phones, laptops and tablets, and any electronic medical devices, for example, and include them in your emergency evacuation kit.

    • Get portable chargers or battery backups, especially for cell phones, and pack those, too.

    • Back up important information on the Cloud. This includes important documents, an inventory of valuable belongings for insurance purposes, emergency contact info for you or family members out of state, medical information or all of the above. If they’re on the Cloud, you don’t have to worry about your laptop’s hard drive getting damaged during the emergency. A USB or external hard drive are other options but more susceptible to damage.

    • If fire and earthquake are concerns, get a sturdy, portable case to protect your devices from impact by falling debris or flames.

    • Install surge protectors. Some electronics are especially vulnerable and can fry their chips during a power surge.

    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace their batteries on a regular basis. This not only helps protect your personal wellbeing, but early detection can also let you take swift action to protect your material possessions, electronics included.

    How to protect home electronics before an emergency

    If a disaster or evacuation seem imminent, it’s time to start putting your family’s emergency preparedness plan into action. But remember: Your first priority is staying safe and alive. Only take these steps if you are not in immediate danger.

     

    • Charge your devices completely so you don’t have to worry about the battery when power goes down or you no longer have access to an outlet.

    • Take your car charger with you if you need to evacuate. And don’t worry about it draining your car battery.

    • Unplug and move electronics to a high location in case of flooding. Also unplug major appliances before an emergency. Refrigerators and freezers can stay connected to power unless there’s a risk of flooding.

    • Turn off the main breaker to protect your home appliances and technology from power surges. Make sure everyone in the home knows how to complete this task. The same goes for the main gas and water valves.

    • Lock your doors and windows to help protect electronics, and everything else, from potential break-ins. If you have a Schlage smart lock, rest assured that your door will remain locked even if the power and WiFi go down. You just won’t have remote access capabilities without WiFi. Don’t worry about getting locked out, either. You will still be able to get in by unlocking the deadbolt at the touchscreen or by using a manual key. Schlage smart locks are battery operated and not connected to the home’s power.

    How you can protect electronics and appliances during a disaster

    Once you’re in the thick of an emergency, your top priority is to keep you and your family safe. You can also take steps to avoid making the situation worse and putting unnecessary strain on yourself and first responders.

     

    • Pack cell phones, computers and other personal electronics in plastic zipper bags or waterproof bags. Because we often rely on our cell phones to contact loved ones or emergency personnel, and get information and other alerts, it’s all about protecting that lifeline, whether it’s during a fire, flood, heavy rain or severe snow.

    • Use flashlights, not candles, during a power outage to limit the risk of fire damage.

    • Never use a generator inside your home. Generators emit carbon monoxide, creating a situation that’s potentially more hazardous than what you started with.

    • Don’t use electronics or appliances that have been submerged in water. Best case scenario, they simply won’t work. Worst case scenario, you inadvertently start another emergency.

    • Don’t turn on the power or use electronics without an inspection by a qualified electrician first. They will be able to advise you on what needs to be repaired or replaced before the next use.

    It’s never fun to contemplate natural disasters, home emergencies and all the anxiety that comes with them. However, it’s even less fun to try to deal with these situations without a plan in place. Find more ways to protect your home and loved ones at the Schlage blog.

     

    Life-changing home innovations of the last century.

    September 3, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    Home innovations | Schlage

    What innovations have changed how we live in our homes most dramatically? We're taking a look at our top 10 home inventions that help us live healthier and longer.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    What innovations have changed how we live in our homes most dramatically? The inventions that transformed our houses into places of leisure and comfort instead of mere shelter? That have helped us live longer and healthier? That list could run forever, but here are 10 home innovations we can’t, and wouldn’t want to, live without today.

    Happy family in kitchen.

    1. Electricity

    Electricity wasn’t invented in the last century, but it did take until the 1920s for it to become common in average homes. It ultimately enabled modern refrigeration (food safety), vacuums and electric irons (added convenience), electric lighting indoors and out (security and comfort), washing machines (sanitation), radios and televisions (entertainment) and countless other devices.

    2. Refrigerators

    Before electric refrigeration, homes relied on an ice box and daily deliveries from the ice peddler. When electric refrigeration became more reliable in the 1940s, we were able to store food more safely for longer periods of time. By being able to store perishables better, our diets improved and we could devote less time to daily grocery shopping. Plus, without the original electric refrigerator, we wouldn’t have today’s smart fridges.

    3. Microwaves

    Is there a kitchen appliance that has done more for the busy or cooking-impaired than the microwave? As stay-at-home moms became less common in the 1970s and kids came home to empty houses, they were able to make their own after-school snack quickly and easily thanks to “radar ranges.” And their mothers were able to take advantage of the growing list of frozen and microwavable dinners from the grocery store. Like the electric refrigerator, for better or for worse, the microwave left a major impact on American diets.

    4. Tupperware

    There’s so much more to Tupperware than mismatched lids. When Tupperware was introduced in the 1940s, it was one of the first solutions to safely storing leftovers. Prior to that, you either made sure you ate every last morsel the first time around or you took your chances with second-day servings.

     

    These plastic containers go beyond food storage, however. Many women, having had a taste of the workplace during World War II, were back to being homemakers in the 1950s and they weren’t always pleased about it. Tupperware gave these women an opportunity to run their own small-scale business. By hosting Tupperware parties out of their home, they were able to regain some of the feelings of financial independence and empowerment they had enjoyed during wartime.

    5. Locks

    It’s difficult to imagine a time when our homes didn’t have locks, even on exterior doors. Locks have been around for thousands of years with the earliest ones being made of wood. By the Middle Ages, locksmiths used metal for locks and keys, but they were easily picked and, despite their best efforts, not all that secure.

     

    Although design improved during the Industrial Revolution and beyond, some locks were still problematic. One common issue? A key was needed to lock or unlock the door from both sides and a lost key meant you weren’t going anywhere. In 1921, Walter Schlage patented the push-button lock, allowing you to secure your door without locking yourself in a room. That push-button mechanism is still in use today, 100 years later, in locks and other common items like clickable pens.

    6. Cordless tools

    Where would your DIY and home improvement projects be without the aid of cordless power tools? BLACK+DECKER filed a patent for the first portable electric drill in 1916 and in 1961 introduced the first electric cordless drill. NASA later used BLACK+DECKER’s technology to develop zero-impact wrenches that could turn bolts in zero gravity without spinning the astronaut.

    7. Air monitors

    Devices that monitor the air quality of our home keep us healthy and, oftentimes, alive. Smoke alarms, although existing in some form since the 1890s, were rarely seem in American homes before the 1970s. Carbon monoxide detectors have become more common in the last few decades. And even more recently, we’ve seen devices that measure the quantities of carbon dioxide, radon, formaldehyde and other pollutants in the home. Armed with this information, we’re able to adjust the air quality to sleep better, improve allergies and even reduce our risk of lung cancer.

    8. Sanitation systems

    Sewers date way back, so we’ll just skip straight to the interesting stuff. In medieval times, chamber pots were emptied directly into the street. People were less concerned about hygiene than their clothes, however. Men started wearing high heels to protect their trouser cuffs. Thankfully, society eventually figured out that you can slow the spread of disease if you dispose of your home’s waste appropriately. By around 1950, it’s estimated that because 70 million Americans were connected to sewer systems and 42 million were served by sewage treatment plants, cases of typhoid fever, dysentery and other illnesses declined dramatically.

    9. HVAC

    Controlling the temperature of your home is key to living comfortably, but if you live in a region of extreme cold or heat, it’s a necessity. We’ve made great strides over the years, moving away from wood- or coal-burning stoves that may have only heated a single room and could be dangerous if not properly tended. And many of us now have options beyond just sweating it out on the front porch, hoping for a cool breeze. Today’s HVAC systems also go a long way toward regulating the humidity and air quality of our homes, sometimes with smart and learning technology, setting the stage for healthier living.

    10. Home computers

    Consider all the ways computers impact your daily life. You probably can’t list them all, especially when you think about how Apple’s first personal computer, released in 1977, has since been replaced with laptops, tablets and cellphones. Work and school tasks can now be done at home. We research products and services online. We conduct our banking, buy cars and houses, check medical records, monitor our security and binge Netflix, all from our home computers.

    What other innovations would you add to our list? What would you invent to make your life at home even easier, safer or more environmentally sustainable? Perhaps that thing has already been created. Find technology updates and ideas for making your home work better for you at the Schlage blog.

     

    McBride, Tom, Nief, Ron. The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is Normal. Wiley, 2011.

     

    Innovative smart home devices we think you’ll love.

    August 20, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 20, 2020

    Innovative smart home tech | Schlage

    Whether you’re trying to get healthier, want to do some overseas exploring or are just trying to get the laundry done a bit quicker, we have some ideas for you.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Tech comes and goes and changes so quickly that it can be hard to keep up sometimes. That’s why we’re compiling a list of some of our favorite innovations. Whether you’re trying to get healthier, want to do some overseas exploring or are just trying to get the laundry done a bit quicker, we have some ideas for you.

    Woman holding smartphone.

    1. For physical health » Mirror

    Mirror is already in some homes, which is great for creating a healthier lifestyle. When the traditional gym just doesn’t fit your schedule or your interest, this is a high-tech way to get an in-home workout. And if you’re someone who loves to track their workouts, Mirror syncs to some of your other smart devices. It’s still on the expensive side, but it might be your best investment if it means a healthier you.

    2. For mental health » Well-being apps

    It’s estimated that 1 in 25 Americans experiences mental health problems. There are a number of apps, some more effective and reputable than others so choose wisely, that can aid in management and recovery. Apps such as LetGOH, YouPer and Moodpath are geared toward overcoming addictions, improving emotional health and depression or working through anxiety, respectively.

    3. For exploring abroad » PockeTalk

    When a road trip just won’t cut it but you need some language help, a translator like PockeTalk is your solution. There’s two-way voice translation, a camera for translating menus and signs, and even a currency converter. When it’s this easy to travel abroad, there’s really no reason to delay that flight any longer.

    4. For cleaner dishes » GE Profile

    A dishwasher doesn’t exactly sound revolutionary, we know. But the difference here is GE’s bottle wash jets. When soap or your hands can’t reach through the narrow openings of baby bottles, travel mugs and water bottles, dishwashers outfitted with these jets get the job done more easily.

    5. For cleaner clothes » SmartDry

    It isn’t sexy, but it can save you unnecessary trips to the basement and save you money on clothes and electricity. The SmartDry wireless laundry sensor turns any dryer into a smart device. Use your smartphone to monitor if the drum is still turning, how damp your clothes are and the temperature of the heat in the dryer. The biggest payoff with this device might be that it proved to be more accurate than the dryer’s actual sensor for some users. According to ReviewGeek’s assessment, the sensor shaved about 15 minutes off one cycle. Over the long haul, that’ll save you money on your electric bill.

    6. For healthier homes » Flo by Moen

    So often we don’t know we have a leak until it’s a major problem. Flo by Moen uses changes in water pressure to detect leaks and can send push notifications to your phone via an app when there is a problem. We love this new piece of technology not only for the protection it provides our homes – water damage is six times more likely than fire damage – but also for its environmental impact. The average household loses 17 gallons of water per day to leaks.

    7. For pets » CleverPet

    Apparently there are cognitive scientists for pets … and they’ve created a console game for your dog. CleverPet trains Fido to interact with lights on a treat-dispensing bowl. The games keep their brains active, and when pups have a job, they tend to be happier, less stressed and less destructive. Of course, there’s also an app to schedule playtime, change the games and control how many treats they can win.

    8. For hard workers » Livescribe

    A pen? On a tech list? Absolutely. Livescribe lets you take notes by hand or with voice recording, then transcribes the information so that it’s easily searchable and shareable. It’s a high-tech option for a basic need in the workplace, home office or classroom.

    9. For cyber security » Upgraded router

    One of the best ways to keep your smart home and devices secure is to make sure your wireless router is up to snuff. The weakest point in protecting your digital footprint is often an old or improperly set-up router. With an upgrade, you may be able to set up separate guest networks, which improves security, as well as enjoy a stronger signal and better range. Check out this helpful review from CNET for its picks for best routers of 2020.

    10. For the family » Granny pods

    More effort is going into helping you and your loved ones age in place, or at least stay out a nursing home. Granny pods, essentially a tiny home in your own backyard, often come equipped with technology to give older relatives the independence they want and provide you with peach of mind. Look for features like lighted floorboards, defibrillators, and smart or robotic devices.

    When you’re looking for more technology tips and tricks, Schlage has you covered. As industry leaders in home security, we’re proud to bring you smart locks that keep you and the things that matter most to you safe. Find more at Schlage.com or on our blog.

    Innovative smart home devices for fitness and home.

     

    How to stop package theft and other online shopping safety tips.

    August 12, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    Package left on front porch | Schlage

    Preventing stolen packages has been a growing priority for some time, and how to protect ourselves when shopping online isn’t just a seasonal concern. Follow these 12 tips to keep yourself safe.

     

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    Package left on door mat by yellow front door.
    We usually hear about porch pirates during the holidays, when we’re ordering gifts or shipping them to loved ones across the country. Preventing stolen packages has been a growing priority for some time, and how to protect ourselves when shopping online isn’t just a seasonal concern. In fact, it might be even more important during the coronavirus pandemic as we’re making more online purchases than ever before. Staying home is a great way to protect your health. Now here are 12 tips for also protecting your personal information and packages at the same time.

    Shop safely

    Infographic with online shopping tips for security.

    1. Shop online with stores you know and trust, maybe ones you routinely visit in real life. If you’re not familiar with a retailer, do your research before clicking “buy.” Check their social media and reviews to get a feel for other customers’ experiences. You can also check their history with the Better Business Bureau.

    2. Only provide personal information – your name, address and credit card number, for example – to secure websites. Look for the padlock icon by the address bar and make sure the site address starts with HTTPS. The “S” is a sign of the page’s security encryption.

    3. It’s always good to have a secure WiFi connection, but it’s vital when shopping online and sharing financial and other sensitive info. Avoid public and other non-protected internet connections.

    4. When registering with a site to make your purchase, always use strong passwords and passphrases. Use a different word or phrase with each site. If you have a hard time keeping track of all those passwords, try a manager like 1Password or Dashlane. You might also get some ideas for creating secure passwords from one of our previous blogs about smart lock security.

    5. Track everything, including receipts and order or transaction numbers. This is good information to have in case something goes wrong, such as a package not being delivered or being stolen from your porch, as well as if you need to return your purchase. They can also help you remember what you did and didn’t buy so when you check your bank and credit card statements, you’ll know for sure if there are unusual charges.

    Protect your packages

    Infographic with 7 tips for preventing package theft and porch pirates.

    1. Once you have the tracking information for your order, keep a close eye on delivery status. If possible, request a delivery notification and grab the box from the porch ASAP. The less time it’s sitting out unattended, the lower the risk of it being stolen.

    2. Install surveillance technology such as a video doorbell and motion-activated cameras or lights. These devices can deter some thieves. The ones who aren’t scared off will at least be caught on camera, perhaps improving the odds of you recovering your package.

    3. If you can’t bring your packages in the house immediately upon delivery, consider a lock box for your porch. Prevent Package Theft offers their list of best package drop boxes.

    4. In some instances, you can request a confirmation signature upon delivery. It might mean you have to wait an extra day if you aren’t home when your package arrives, but at least you’ll know it’s safe until then.

    5. Include special delivery instructions indicating that your package should be placed behind a bush near your door or under some patio furniture. It will still be unattended, but at least it won’t be out in plain sight.

    6. If you know you won’t be able to get to your package right away, consider having it delivered to another location like a friend’s address or UPS store. Also check if your neighborhood has a community clubhouse with a package delivery room. These are increasingly being outfitted with electronic access control for additional security.

    7. Choose the Ship to Store option. If you’re still hesitant about going into a store due to COVID, simply combine it with curbside pickup. You probably won’t have to pay shipping, your order will be more secure and it’s still contactless.

    Protecting your home and family is an ongoing effort, but it doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Find more security tips at the Schlage blog or share your best advice with us on Twitter.

     

    Looking for a Ring door lock? You want a Schlage.

    August 11, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Ring door lock | Schlage

    When you combine a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring video doorbells and cameras, you get the best security features that both have to offer so you focus on everyday life.

     

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    Just as you rely on your entire car – seatbelt, airbags, brakes – to keep you safe, you should be able to rely on your entire entryway – door, deadbolt, frame – to protect your home and family. That’s why, even though we make locks, Schlage encourages you to take every precaution and ensure your security fits your needs and lifestyle.

     

    You might think of a smart lock-security camera bundle as your home’s version of a front-collision warning system, which uses cameras, lasers and other technology to keep you safe while you focus on driving. When you combine a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring video doorbells and cameras, you get the best security features that both have to offer so you focus on everyday life.

    Schlage Encode smart wifi deadbolt on front door with Ring video doorbell.

    What are the advantages of a home security camera?

    There are many advantages to installing a video doorbell or camera on your front door beyond peace of mind. Some of the tangible benefits include:

     

    • Make intruders think twice. Sometimes just seeing a camera will deter thieves from even attempting to enter your home, so make the camera obvious.

    • See who’s snooping. If someone does try to break in or steal a package, video footage of the event could help to identify the culprit.

    • Know when deliveries are made. Most of us have received a notification that a package was dropped off only for it to go MIA, either because the delivery wasn’t actually completed or porch pirates swiped it.

    • Know who’s in your home. See when your kids or service providers come and go.

    • Screen visitors. Whether you’re at work, don’t want your kids to answer the door for a stranger or are simply too comfortable to get off the couch, see who’s knocking without actually going to the door.

    • Improve resale value. A growing number of homebuyers are looking for smart home technology included in the deal.

    • Lower home insurance payments. Some companies will reduce your premium when you add security measures.

    Why should I trust my home to the Schlage Encode lock and Ring?

    Bundling your Schlage Encode deadbolt with a Ring camera or video doorbell lets you take advantage of the lock’s best features and then some. All Schlage products come backed with 100 years of experience in keeping your home secure. Add to that our limited lifetime warranty and you can be confident you’re getting the quality and durability you expect and need.

     

    It’s more than that, though. The Schlage Encode deadbolt offers greater levels of convenience from the minute you install it to the countless moments you use it every day. There’s no hardwiring needed during installation and because of its built-in WiFi, no hub is required for remote access. Check the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to worry or make a return trip home to doublecheck if your door is secure. Create and schedule up to 100 access codes so the people you trust most have access only when you want them to. And don’t forget about Alexa. Ask the voice assistant to lock and unlock your door (you’ll verify the unlock command with a PIN) and make the lock part of your favorite Alexa routine.

     

    Bring the Ring Video Doorbell into the mix by setting everything up via the Key by Amazon App and you put even greater security and convenience at your fingertips. Lock and unlock the door directly from the Live View of your camera in the Ring app. This is perfect for when you get held up in the office or at the airport and need to let a dog walker or babysitter in the house. Or maybe you want to unlock the door for a friend while you finish dinner in the kitchen.

     

    It’s not just about the “Ring door lock,” though. You also get the benefit of being part of the Ring community. With Ring’s range of devices and accessories, you can protect your home in more ways than just securing the front door. Consider adding compatible smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as flood and freeze detectors as part of your complete home security. There’s even a Ring Neighbors app that helps communities work together for a safer neighborhood.

     

    With this flexibility and customizable options, you can easily update your surveillance as your needs change. It’s the perfect way to build the right security system with only the features you want and trust. Plus, when you choose Schlage and Ring, you’re choosing two of the industry’s leaders in home security, doing exactly what they do best. Can you think of a better way to peace of mind?

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and the devices it works with at Schlage.com. You can also find out more about the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt’s integration with Ring Alarm on our blog.

     

    What every parent needs to know about smart locks.

    July 24, 2020 9:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    What every parent ought to know about smart locks | Schlage

    The school year brings all kinds of new situations for families, and a smart lock can help you navigate them.

     

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    It’s that time of year again. The kids are headed back to school, and whether you’re excited or sad about that, Schlage wants to make sure you’re as prepared for the first day as they are. The school year brings all kinds of new situations for families, and a smart lock can help you navigate them.
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    Keyless convenience

    No parent wants their kids to be locked out of the house, but maybe you aren’t ready to give them a key yet. They might be too young for a set of keys. Maybe they’re just forgetful. The keys, if they make it into your kids’ backpack in the first place, might fall out. With a lock like a Schlage smart lock, you won’t have to hide keys under the mat or worry that your kids are stuck outside until you get home from work.

     

    Keyless convenience is more than just your child using the lock’s keypad at the door, however. When you connect your Schlage smart lock to your home network, you can control your lock remotely from anywhere. Once after-school activities start, it probably seems like no one gets home at the same time. With people coming and going at all hours of the day, you can use your smartphone to unlock the door for trusted friends who might be dropping off your kids. Or if your child does lose a key or forgets their code, you can let them in with your smartphone then, too.

    Scheduling

    If you have babysitters or grandparents who come over to watch your kids after school, Schlage smart locks are perfect for them as well. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt holds up to 100 access codes, while the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt each hold up to 30. That means that everyone, from Junior to Grandma to the nanny can have their own unique code and you can track who accessed your home and when. More on that in a minute.

     

    When you assign codes to your kids’ caregivers, you can also set the codes to work on a certain schedule. For example, if you only want the babysitter to have access to your home between 3 and 6 p.m. during the week, you can schedule their code to be active only during those times.

    Peace of mind

    Every parent is going to worry about their kids. Schlage can’t stop that, but we can help make it better. With the Schlage Home app, which works exclusively with the Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense locks, you can monitor who uses their access code and when, right from your smartphone. Get push notifications when the code is used or check the activity log on your own time to see when your kids got home from school or practice. You’ll be thankful for that peace of mind when you don’t have to worry if they’re safe at home.

     

    If your kids are old enough to be going out with friends, you’re probably familiar with staying up until they get home. Or maybe you remember how many you broke curfew as a teenager. The Schlage Home app’s notifications are the perfect way to end those late nights waiting up on the couch worrying about your child or hoping for that “gotcha” moment.

     

    If you’re ready to ditch the keys and quit making copies that will end up in who knows whose hands, if you’re ready to control access to your home more securely and conveniently, what do you do? Start with our Get Help Deciding Tool to see how our smart locks work with the technology you already use at home. Ask us your questions on Twitter and Facebook. Then rest easy knowing your home is safe and easily accessible for your family with Schlage.

     

    10 things you can do with the Schlage Home app.

    July 23, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Schlage home app and dog | Schlage

    The free Schlage Home app for Apple iOS and Android is your “remote control”. Here's our list of the top 10 things you can do with it.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Remote access from anywhere is many people’s favorite Schlage smart lock feature. To take advantage of that and be able to monitor and control your lock any time of day no matter where you are, you basically need two things: a WiFi connection and a smartphone app like the Schlage Home app.

     

    The free Schlage Home app for Apple iOS and Android is your “remote control” if you have a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. If you have a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, you will need to use one of our partners’ apps like the Nexia or Samsung SmartThings app.

     

    Now on to our top-10 list of things you can do with the Schlage Home app.

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    1. Get interactive instructions in the palm of your hand

    Installing a Schlage smart lock is pretty simple, but even we’ll admit that having a step-by-step guide is helpful. The Schlage Home app provides interactive instructions to make adding smart security to your home easier than ever.

    2. Check the status of your lock from anywhere

    Whether you’re already snug in bed or halfway to work, you might need to know if you remembered to lock the door. With the Schlage Home app, you can check the status of your lock from anywhere. And if you did forget to lock up before you left or settled in for the night …

    3. Lock or unlock your door from anywhere

    … you can lock or unlock your door with the push of a button in the Schlage Home app. Of course it adds major convenience when you’re away from home, but remote ability to lock or unlock the door can also give peace of mind in emergency situations. If you have an elderly relative who has trouble remembering to lock up, you can check the status and then switch the deadbolt from your phone when you’re in your own home miles way. Or if you live alone and take a fall, you can unlock the door for emergency responders, even when you can’t get up to let them in.

    4. Create and manage access codes on your smartphone

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt holds up to 100 unique access codes, and the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt saves up to 30. Using the app is a great way to create those codes for trusted individuals, program when the codes are active – like Wednesday afternoons only for the cleaning lady – and delete them when they’re no longer needed.

    5. Store codes securely

    When you create many access codes for different individuals, it can be difficult to keep track of those codes. The app can help you securely manage them so that you don’t have to write them down and hope no one finds your list.

    6. Check your battery

    All Schlage smart locks are battery operated, which is great during installation because there’s no hardwiring necessary. But how do you know when you need to replace the batteries? There are actually many ways, but one of them is in the app. You’ll receive a notification when your power is running low, so you have plenty of advanced warning.

    7. Know when your lock is used

    You have two ways to track who is using their access codes and when: the history log and push notifications. If you simply need to see a record of whose code was entered and at what time, the log is for you. For a more active approach, you can designate which codes you receive notifications for and receive an alert in the moment. It’s perfect if you want to be notified when the dog walker arrives or when a caregiver heads out for the day.

    8. Choose or update your settings

    When you install your lock for the first time or if you need to make adjustments as your life changes, the Schlage Home app is where you go to choose a variety of settings. Activate your alarm, change the length of time before your deadbolt will automatically lock, turn on one-touch locking and more, all in the app’s Settings menu.

    9. Confirm firmware updates

    You don’t have to replace your entire lock to take advantage of new technological developments. As long as your lock stays connected to your network, Schlage will push firmware updates to your deadbolt. If you want to verify that you have the latest updates or want to manually initiate those updates, you can do so in the Schlage Home app.

    10. Manage multiple locks

    If you love and trust Schlage smart locks enough to put them on multiple doors, the Schlage Home app can help you manage each of those locks all in one place. Enjoy any of the first nine points whether your locks are on the front door, the back, a vacation rental or all of the above.

    Learn more about the Schlage Home app at Schlage.com. If you’re still wondering which lock is right for your family, try out Get Help Deciding Tool. Just answer a few simple questions, and we’ll suggest which lock might the best fit for your lifestyle and the technology you like to use.

     

    6 best practices to keep your smart lock safe and secure.

    June 26, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Smart lock safety, security | Schlage

    Here are six best practices to ensure your smart lock is as safe and secure as possible.

     

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    Smart home technology is quickly rising in popularity as homeowners choose products and devices that not only make day-to-day activities more convenient, but also give them peace of mind. When it comes to outfitting your home with this technology, it pays to understand the steps you should take to enjoy the features and benefits to the fullest. Here are six best practices to ensure your smart lock is as safe and secure as possible.
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    1. Choose a secure access code

    When choosing an access code for your smart lock, choose a combination that you are able to remember but cannot be easily guessed by others. Follow best practices for secure access codes: don’t have repeat numbers and use a long code instead of short. All three Schlage smart locks – Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – accept codes from four to eight digits long. The length can be selected during lock setup.

     

    Keeping track of all the user codes you've set up and knowing whether or not you've deactivated outdated ones is key to keeping your lock secure. Keep track of these codes through the Schlage Home app or store your codes in a spreadsheet or notepad in a secure location.

    2. Keep an eye on the battery life

    Each of the Schlage smart locks gives a low battery warning well in advance of the battery dying. Low battery warnings can be found on the lock or in the Schlage Home app if you’ve paired it with your compatible deadbolt. While you'll have plenty of time to make the switch, it's important not to put this off too long to avoid being locked out.

    3. Find a home for the backup mechanical key

    In the event that your battery does die before you are able to change it, all of Schlage's smart locks come equipped with a reliable backup, such as a mechanical key or a 9V battery. Be sure to place these backups in a secure location that can be accessed when you need them.

    4. Lock your smartphone

    Whether you use the Schlage Home app to control your Schlage Encode or Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or another compatible app for Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, be sure to set up a pass code on your device. Smartphone apps allow you to lock and unlock your deadbolt from anywhere, so it’s important to keep them secure.

    5. Maintain a strong door

    No matter how smart your deadbolt is, if your door is warped or the jamb is cracked, you may not be as secure as you want to be. Periodically check that your door is in good condition. Find more front door essentials with this list of 10 must-haves for security and style.

    6. Leverage safety features

    Schlage’s smart locks come equipped with additional features designed to keep your home safe. Whether or not you choose to embrace remote connectivity in your lock, you can still take advantage of unique features such as built-in alarm technology and auto-lock. With the built-in alarm, you can set your deadbolt to alert you any time the lock is tampered with or a significant amount of force is applied to the door. With auto-lock, you can rest easy knowing your lock is set to automatically lock after a chosen period of time. No more worrying if you locked the door on your way out.

     

    For interactive instructions and tips for setting up each of these features, visit our FAQ section or check out our videos on YouTube.

     

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