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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

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A home router.

Home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements beginning on April 13, 2021.

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Beginning April 13, 2021, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements, including randomized and unique login credentials, minimum password strength, disabling vulnerable services and interfaces, default automatic downloads of security patches, secure authentication of access to the device's management interface, and validation of data inputs to the device to prevent remote hacking.

Home routers previously approved by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) can be sold until Oct. 12, 2021, but consumers are encouraged to purchase newer devices compliant with the upgraded requirements, and to update the devices' firmware regularly.

Said the IMDA, "[The] minimum security requirements for home routers [will] provide a safer and more secure Internet experience for users, and strengthen the resilience of Singapore's telecommunications networks."

Routers complying with the new specifications also would meet Level 1 of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore's voluntary Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme.

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