I am using a Kwikset on a side door as an alternative entry way, not one we ever use. I personally wouldn’t use the automation features for the Kwikset latch to disarm the alarm system due to various security flaws in the design. One item is what Ryan mentions, while you can enter numbers of 0-9…the actual key combinations are reduced by 1/2. The other flaw in the Kwikset, which I wonder what other locks have solutions for, is that if anyone has access to the “secure” side they can quickly program their own code with no tools.
The Kwikset doesn’t use any screws to secure the battery/programming compartment. If you have access to open the door or to be inside the house (visitor, contractor, etc) then you could quickly just slide open the panel, hit the program button and key in a new code. I have heard that some of the locks require a “master code” to unlock it to allow programing new codes, however the Kwikset does not…and the internal codes seem to be entirely isolated from those that are controlled via the Zwave controller, furthermore I have alerts to tell me if anyone unlocks this door for that reason.
Ryan, do you know which locks do password protect adding internal codes? Also, do all Zwave locks have a “tamper” alert as I wasn’t able to figure out how to get the Kwikset to trigger a tamper event during my testing (tried typing invalid codes repeatedly, etc).