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The Instacart buying guide to home security devices

With smart home security devices growing more and more advanced every year, you have plenty of effective ways you can keep your family and home safer. Best of all, you don't have to always walk through a store to get your home security devices. Instacart shoppers can deliver them to you or make them available for pickup.

Explore this guide for some of the most popular home security products you can consider ordering through Instacart.

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FAQs about home security

Not all smart home security devices are compatible with one another. If you already have smart devices in your home, it's generally safe to continue purchasing devices the same company produces. For example, if you want to connect your smart home security devices to your Google Nest, you may want to consider purchasing devices that Google recommends. You can always perform an online search to determine whether the device is compatible. If you can't find an answer, it's safer to assume that the answer is no.

Technically, yes. Almost any device can be compromised. However, a hacker needs to be substantially motivated to get into a home's smart security system. You can take several steps to protect your home's smart devices from the chance that someone tries to access them remotely. These methods include the following:
  • Enable two-factor authentication. This method requires one device, such as your smartphone, to log into another device, such as your laptop or smart home products.
  • Secure your Wi-Fi network. Make sure your Wi-Fi router has a unique password that no one can easily guess. Consider changing the name of your Wi-Fi network so that potential hackers can't easily identify it.
  • Practice smart password practices. If your password is "1234" for every device in your home, you are not as protected as you can be. Set up hard-to-guess passwords for each device.

The answer depends on the device and your technical abilities. You can easily set up and install a smart smoke alarm system. Powerful floodlights, on the other hand, may require wiring and mounting. Know what you can handle and read about the installation process of the product you're considering purchasing before you buy it. 

Generally, all of your smart home devices will still work if your internet goes out, but you may lose the power to control them with your phone or through voice commands. A smart lock will still be functional. A camera with an SD card will still be able to record footage. Take a look at the description and instructions for the products you're considering if you think losing internet access might be an issue for your home security system.

No. The purpose router hubs and smart speakers serve when it comes to smart home devices is that they allow you to automate and control multiple devices more easily. More often than not, you should be able to control each home security device that connects to your Wi-Fi network with your phone. However, you'll have to control each device separately. Hubs allow you to streamline this experience and communicate with each compatible device through one app.

Smart speakers such as the Google Home and Amazon Echo can also connect with each of your Wi-Fi-enabled home security devices. These speakers allow you to control the devices through voice commands rather than going into your phone every time you want to make a change.

Shopping for home security devices is as easy as downloading the Instacart app or visiting the Instacart website, placing whatever you need into your virtual cart, and waiting until your purchases are available for pickup or delivery. Instacart shoppers can save you time on your trips to the store so that you can focus on other important matters. Find out what home security products in your area are available through Instacart.