Tips to Help Protect Your Fingerprint Door Locks

Introduction: Tips to Help Protect Your Fingerprint Door Locks

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Fingerprint door locks are becoming more and more common with the passage of time. Lowering costs and increasing awareness of their availability could one day make them as ubiquitous as CCTV cameras, which are now so affordable that even regular folks have them hooked up to their homes.

These biometric door locks, however, can still break down over time if they are not properly protected and maintained. This is why these tips will prove to be handy when it comes to keeping your fingerprint door locks working for years to come:

Step 1: Get a Lock That Matches the Hand-Side of the Door.

Not only does this look better and make the lock easier to use, but installing the lock to match the hand-side of the door will greatly reduce the probability of someone damaging the lock due to improper use. This is especially true when people forcefully turn the knob or lever in the wrong direction – which in time will destroy the fingerprint door lock’s lever mechanism.

Step 2: Check If the Lock Is Rated for Outdoor Use

One of the worst mistakes you can make is to automatically assume that the electronic door lock you have at your disposal is rated for outdoor use. Check the manual and look for the lock’s ingress protection (IP) rating, which will indicate its resistance to water, dust and dirt. Check the working temperature range as well, as using the lock beyond this range will most likely result in its premature demise.

Step 3: KeepThe Sensor Clean and Dry

Take a softy, dry cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth) and gently wipe the sensor screen at the end of the day. This will clean up the oil, dirt and other residue left behind by those who use the lock. If left alone, this oil and residue can end up sticking to the sensor – requiring more effort to clean up. If enough residue builds up, you may even end up having to replace the sensor entirely as the false rejections and false acceptances start to increase in frequency.

Step 4: Keep Corrosive Materials Away From the Door

Acids, bases and oils should be kept far, far away from the lock. These materials are bad enough when they get into contact with the outer layers of your lock, but they can do a lot more damage if they manage to seep into the sensitive components of an electronic lock. These devices usually engage their locks when their electrical components are damage, so security is not that much of an issue, but avoid handling corrosive materials near fingerprint door locks to avoid unnecessary damage.

Step 5: Change the Management Password

Fingerprint door locks usually come with default management passwords for first-time users. You’ll find this in the manual. The problem, however, is that default management passwords are very easy to guess - usually along the lines of “123456” or something similar. Change these passwords as soon as you get the lock, and they are less likely to be overridden by someone trying to gain access without your awareness.

Step 6: Beware Who You Give the Physical Keys To

Many biometric locks are hybrids that can be unlocked using passwords or physical keys. Be very, very careful who you give physical keys to, as they can be used to reset some locks to their default factory settings. If you have to share access to the lock, add a person’s fingerprints to the database. If they need to get in, give them the password and replace that password as soon as their fingerprints are memorized by the lock. These are much safer bets than giving people the ability to reset a fingerprint door lock to its factory settings.

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