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The Flaws of Physical Keypads & Codes. ​

An Ineffective Approach to Access Control 

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In our ever-evolving world of technology, some security practices from the past are still clinging on, and one of them is the use of physical keypads and access codes. While they may seem like trusted methods for securing our homes and offices, there are significant issues and vulnerabilities associated with these traditional approaches. In this blog, we will take a closer look at why physical keypads and codes may not be as secure and convenient as they appear.

1. Lack of Resident Accountability

Imagine living in a gated community or an apartment building that relies on access codes for entry. Now, try to answer this question: Do you know who came in and out of your property today? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no. That’s because physical keypads and access codes lack a crucial feature – accountability. It’s challenging to pinpoint which resident or guest used a specific code to enter, which can lead to security issues.

2. Code Sharing and Unauthorized Entry

A glaring issue with access codes is how easily they can be shared. Whether intentionally or inadvertently, residents or employees might share their access codes with friends, family, or unauthorized individuals. This not only compromises security but also creates a headache for property administrators and security personnel. Unauthorized entry becomes all too easy when access codes are not adequately protected.

3. Administrative Overhead

Managing access codes can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive task. Property administrators often bear the responsibility of generating, distributing, and revoking access codes for residents and authorized personnel. As the number of occupants or employees increases, so does the administrative workload. Frequent changes or updates to access codes can be particularly challenging to communicate effectively to all relevant parties.

4. Difficulty in Code Updates

Changing access codes, whether for security reasons or personnel changes, can be a logistical nightmare. Ensuring that everyone receives the updated information can lead to errors, oversights, or delays, leaving the property vulnerable during the transition period. Keeping everyone in the loop is easier said than done.

5. Guest Access Management

Providing temporary access to guests or service personnel through physical keypads and codes can be a cumbersome process. It often involves sharing the primary access code or generating temporary codes, which can be problematic if not executed correctly. Balancing convenience for residents with the need to maintain security can be a delicate task.

In a world where security and convenience are paramount, it’s essential to reevaluate the methods we use. While physical keypads and codes have served their purpose, they may no longer be the best choice for safeguarding our homes and businesses. It’s time to embrace technology that offers both enhanced security and convenience, ensuring that we stay one step ahead of potential security threats.