Is Your Garage Door Remote Secure?

Why Your Garage Door Remote Needs to be Secure

If you own or rent a house with a garage, then you might want to know the following about garage door security. It doesn’t matter if you have a roller, tilt or sectional door.  There are a few tricks that are well known to criminals. Taking a few security precautions might make them leave your home alone and try somewhere else. Let’s start with the garage door remote.

A garage door remote, whilst electronic, is still a key. It deserves to be treated in the same way as all other keys that are protecting your valuables. You may wish to review using that large remote clipped to your vehicle’s visor. Maybe you should be opting for a more modern keyfob style remote – that can site on your keyring.

Old Style Remotes

Up until relatively recently, garage door remotes were very simple devices. They would typically have a set of 4 or 8 “DIP" switches, that were manually set to match the door opener. These settings were quite easy to guess and anyone with the same model remote could simply drive up while the homeowner was away and open the garage door – and easily gain access to the house.

New Style Garage Door Remotes

The more modern approach is to use a much better coding of the remote control – and also to allow other devices to open your garage door – such as smartphones. With the rise of home automation systems, garage doors have quickly been integrated as part of that system.

Now a garage door can even be opened by you, even if you are not home. If you pair this with a security camera, a delivery driver can ring your doorbell and you can receive the bell on your phone and tell them to leave the package in the garage!

How to Get a New Garage Door Remote

If you would like to talk with someone about replacing your existing Garage Door Remote – get in touch for a free quote.

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