August Smart Locks

August Smart Locks

August
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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People voted: A little creepy

All August smart locks connect over Bluetooth for keyless entry. That means you and your phone or Apple Watch have to be close by (about 30 feet or so) to unlock your door. You can also pay a little more to get their Connect WiFi Bridge so you can unlock your door from anywhere with a WiFi connection. Visiting Grandma and need to check and make sure you locked up your house? Just open the app and check the door status. You can also give guests virtual keys and keep track of who comes and goes at your abode. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant. These smart locks also have an auto-lock that let you set your door to automatically lock up to 30 minutes after you leave. Or auto-unlock when you get home so if you hands are full, no fumbling for your phone.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Smart locks are one of those connected devices that seem to worry lots of people. The pros: They offer a lot of convenience with multiple ways to unlock the door to your home, a way to track who comes and goes from your home, they can allow you give out a keypad number to people like a babysitter and then revoke that when they no longer need access, and they can help you make sure you locked your front door when your anxiety kicks in on vacation. The cons: They can be vulnerable to any number of things such as power outages, lost or compromised phones, ransomware attacks on the company who made your lock, product security vulnerabilities, WiFi and/or Bluetooth vulnerabilities, home hub vulnerabilities, bad software updates, data leaks, and more.

With all that said, how do August Smart Locks stack up? On the security side, in 2019, security researchers found a vulnerability in a version of August's smart locks that use the Connect add-on to connect to WiFi that could let hackers take over your home WiFi. The versions of August smart locks with WiFi built-in didn't seem to be vulnerable to this security threat.

On the privacy side of things, August seems to do better. August doesn't sell your personal information, which is good. They also say they will only use your personal information to send you relevant content where they have your consent to do so. This is also good. All in all, August seems to do a good job with users’ privacy. Just be careful with what you share with third parties such as Alexa or Google Assistant as they can collect data on you too.

What’s the worst that could happen? Well, it’s entirely possible August could suffer a ransomware attack where bad people hold all smart lock access hostage unless August pays up. You can’t get into your home, your pup really has to pee, and things go south from there. You and your pup really don’t want that.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Check out tips to ensure your smart lock safety
  • Maintain a strong door
  • Choose a secure access code
  • Set up two-factor authentication
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

August does not sell your personal information.

If you enable the Auto-Unlock feature, location information will only be stored on your device.

August may share your information with organizations affiliated with our parent company, the ASSA ABLOY Group. August may choose to aggregate or anonymize your information and share it with partners or others for market research or other business purposes.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted. You are always responsible for the photos, videos, and other personal data captured of your guests, and August provides no remediation for guests to remove photos, videos or other personal data from our systems unless expressly authorized by you.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

Older versions of the August Smart Lock that pair with the August Connect may make your Wifi network vulnerable to hackers. August was notified about the vulnerability in December 2019, but may not have fixed the problem.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Not Applicable

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

August accepts reports of vulnerabilities through [email protected]

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

No

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News

August Smart Lock Flaw Opens Your Wi-Fi Network to Hackers
PC Mag
The security hole that Bitdefender found in the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect won’t let a hacker open your front door, but it could give a very patient one full access to your Wi-Fi network.
August Smart Lock security flaw gives hackers full access to your Wi-Fi network
Android Central
The Internet of Things security team at Bitdefender has discovered a security hole in the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, which makes it possible for hackers to gain full access to your home Wi-Fi network.
Cracking the August SmartLock: WiFi Password Eavesdropping Made Easy
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Are smart locks really safe? Can smart locks be hacked? These are two very important questions to consider before purchasing a smart lock.
Use A Smart Lock? Get In The Sea, 73% Of Security Professionals Say
Forbes
I decided to take the question of smart lock security to a cross-section of security professionals, including hackers and lock-pickers. The question I asked was a straightforward one: would you use a smart lock to secure your home, office or anything?
Should I get a smart lock? The pros and cons of going digital on your door
USA Today
Charlotte Pfahl, 68, prefers using an old-school mechanical key to access her New York City apartment. So when her landlord modernized the building and installed a smart lock in 2018, she and several other residents over 65 were not thrilled about it.
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Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports' tests reveal the best models from August, Bosma, Eufy, Kwikset, Wyze, and Yale
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CNET
The EU's privacy rules are good for American smart homes, too. That's something that Yale locks' brand, August, makes abundantly clear.
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Smart locks seem to be the new trend in home security, but are they any more secure than the traditional locks people have used to protect their homes for decades?

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