These are the most secure smart plugs you can buy

Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon Smart Plug (Image credit: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central)

When you upgrade to a smart home, you want to make sure you're the only one in control of your devices, starting with the most secure smart plugs. These plugs all need to support some form of extra authentication to sign in to the management app, so even if your password leaks, you're the only one with access. While most of these devices are controlled primarily through a smart home assistant like Alexa or Google Assistant, most of the time, they still need to be set up in another app, and two-factor authentication helps to make sure you're the only one with access.

Keep your network secure

There are many ways to keep your home network secure, but it all starts with access. While a standard password can be made sufficiently complex not to be guessed, what happens if your password were to leak? Two-factor authentication adds another step in the process, and with biometrics and authenticator apps on your Android phone, you can quickly gain secure access to your account. While SMS authentication is often an option, it's not the best method though it's still better than nothing at all.

There are still some other ways to improve security, such as upgrading to one of the best wireless routers with security built in such as Asus AiProtection Pro and Netgear's excellent, though expensive, Netgear Armor software package.

If you're looking for something both secure and simple, Amazon's Smart Plug is easily set up in the Alexa app, which features extra security steps for your entire Amazon account. If you haven't set up two-factor authentication on your Amazon account, it's a great time to get started. This plug is only built for indoor power delivery but is compact enough that it won't get in the way of other plugs in your outlets and can even be placed right next to another Smart Plug.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.