Are Wireless Security Systems Safe and How Are They Protected?

Wireless security systems are becoming more popular in homes and offices as they offer flexible and secure protection. But with this growing trend comes some questions about the safety of these devices.

As you would with any form of new technology, it’s a good idea to understand how safe and secure they actually are. Should you be worried about viruses or hackers accessing your home security system?

So, are wireless security systems safe?

Here’s the truth: yes, they are. Or at least, they are when you get a good one that’s been properly encrypted, with security that regularly updates its software.

Wireless security systems are not only convenient but also secure. They are hard to hack or otherwise compromise, provided they’ve been installed properly. 

Sophisticated and secure systems use Z-Wave® technology for communication between the sensors and the control panel, making their signals very difficult to intercept.

If you still need convincing we’re going to go through everything you need to know about wireless security systems, how Z-Wave® technology protects them, and why you should have them in your home.

Wireless Vs Wired Alarm Systems

If you’re considering purchasing a home security system, it’s important to understand the differences between wired and wireless alarm systems.

Wireless Alarm System

While it may sound like it’s stating the obvious, it’s worth highlighting that a wireless alarm system doesn’t use any wires to connect one part of the system to another. It uses invisible radio waves like those used in Wi-Fi technology.

The lack of wires is one of the main advantages of these systems. They make installation quick, easy and affordable. You’re not going to have to rip up any carpets or cut into your walls or ceiling.

There’s been a big shift from traditional wired systems to wireless systems with people realising how reliable they can be. With technology leaping forwards, there’s a real revolution in wireless security systems taking place. This modern technology relies on either Z-Wave®, WI-FI, proprietary software, or Zigbee to connect your devices.

Wired Alarm System

Wired alarm systems are just as the name suggests. They are fully hardwired into your home and communicate through your phone line and other connected wires. 

You must purchase a wired system that has to be physically connected to a control panel. This makes it expensive and awkward to install. 

Can Wireless Alarm Systems Be Hacked?

Wireless alarm systems make burglaries less of a possibility. These systems are complex enough that even top security experts can find them difficult to crack. 

Here are three reasons why it’s hard to hack wireless alarm systems. 

  1. Signals transmit via radio waves, which makes it difficult to intercept and analyse the information. The better ones, like ours, use Z-Wave technology, that’s been specifically designed to be more secure. This means that you’ll need to know exact details about how the individual wireless system operates to hack it. Some weaker systems have been hacked in the past by blocking the signals that send out alerts. 
  2. The high-end systems come with end-to-end encryption features. Even if you’re able to intercept the radio signal, it will be impossible to decode it without the correct decryption key. Most high-end system providers make it a point to change their encryption keys to stay up to date with threats. We’d advise looking for an IoT Security Foundation accredited system. You’ll know it from the certification mark, like the one we’ve got ourselves.
  3. Most systems have a network of sensors, and this means that if a hacker breaks one part of the system, the others will be on alert. Other wireless systems come with an audible alarm feature, which starts ringing even before you’re able to hack it.

To protect your family from burglary, choose a high-quality wireless alarm system from a reputed brand. The best wireless security systems will have a range of sensors like motion sensors and contact sensors, to cover various parts of your home.

How Does Z-Wave® Technology Protect Your Wireless System?

Z-Wave® technology is one of the most secure and reliable wireless technologies in the world. It harnesses powerful AES-128 encryption to protect every single data packet and allows only authenticated modules to join the network ‒ which is why many smart home devices prefer Z-Wave® compared to Wi-Fi.

Here’s how this technology protects your wireless system:

Z-Wave® Protocol

Z-Wave® simplifies the operation of the system. It allows devices to discover each other on the network and ensure they are all working. Thus, it prevents errors and keeps the system running smoothly. It also makes it simple for new devices to join the network after someone installs them. 

The design of the protocol allows it to use a small amount of energy. As such, it doesn’t have to constantly power devices or send data between them all the time, making it a much lower-energy choice, with batteries lasting much longer. 

Boundary Offers Secure Wireless Alarm Systems

Wireless alarm systems provide a very high degree of convenience and flexibility. At Boundary, we help you secure your home with wireless alarm systems and smart home security systems. 

We’ve invested significant time, money and energy into making our system as secure as possible. It’s been built to meet strict security standards, and is currently the only UK smart alarm that’s undergoing testing to meet the UK and European alarm standards BS EN 50131. Once certified, Boundary aims to be a Grade 2 system, put it this way, Grades 3 and 4 are used to protect banks. We use Z-Wave technology to make our wireless communications as secure as they possibly can be.

Get in touch with us today if you have any questions about our wireless alarm systems. We can also help you find the best system for your home and even help you design your own security system