Smart Home Security: Tech Tips for Protecting Your House While Traveling

Smart Home Security: Tech Tips for Protecting Your House While Traveling

The following contribution is from another author.

Traveling should be an exciting adventure, not a cause for worry over the safety of your home. In an era where technology provides solutions at every turn, enhancing the security of your home while you are away is more accessible than ever. Here’s how you can use smart home technology to keep your home safe and give yourself peace of mind, no matter where you are in the world.

Start with Smart Locks

The first step in fortifying your home is to ensure that all entry points are secure. Smart locks offer a superior level of protection compared to traditional locks. With features like remote locking and unlocking, access logs, and unique user codes, you can control who enters your home and monitor activity from anywhere. Forget to lock the door in your hurry to catch a flight? A quick tap on your smartphone app can secure your home in seconds.

Install Security Cameras

Security cameras are the cornerstone of home surveillance. Today’s smart cameras come with high-definition video, motion detection, facial recognition, and night vision. Strategically place cameras at entry points and in main living areas to monitor your home in real time. Many models also include two-way audio, allowing you to communicate with anyone on your property, whether it’s a delivery person or an uninvited guest.

Leverage Lighting Automation

A well-lit home is a major deterrent to potential intruders. Use smart lighting systems to create the illusion that someone is home. You can schedule lights to turn on and off at specific times or trigger them to activate if your security cameras detect motion. This not only enhances security but also adds convenience, as you can manage all settings through your smartphone.

Secure Wi-Fi Networks and Devices

Securing your digital doorway is just as important as securing the physical ones. Ensure your Wi-Fi network is protected with a strong, unique password and consider setting up a separate network for your home’s smart devices. Regularly update all devices to protect against vulnerabilities and use VPN services to encrypt your internet connection while accessing your home network remotely.

Utilize Home Automation Hubs

Home automation hubs can integrate various smart devices, allowing them to work together for enhanced security. For instance, if your smart smoke detector identifies a problem, it can trigger your smart lights to flash, alerting neighbors and making your home more visible for emergency responders.

Practical Considerations When Selling Your Home

Interestingly, smart home security features can also add value to your home. If you ever decide to sell your home as is, mentioning integrated smart security systems can attract buyers looking for a secure and technologically equipped home. Working with a knowledgeable “real estate agent” can help highlight these features effectively in your home’s listing.

Regularly Review and Test Your System

It’s crucial to regularly check and maintain your security system. Test all components before you travel to ensure they are functioning properly. Check battery levels in devices like cameras and sensors, and replace them if needed. Testing your system helps avoid malfunctions that could leave your home vulnerable while you’re away.


Embracing smart technology offers a robust solution to keep your home secure during your travels. From smart locks and security cameras to automated lighting and network security, these tools provide both safety and convenience. By integrating these technologies, you not only protect your home but also enhance its appeal and potential value. Whether you are across the globe or just across town, these tech tips ensure that your home remains safe and sound.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).