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Singapore tightens security requirements for new home routers

Come April 13 next year, home routers will have to meet new security requirements before they can be put up for sale in Singapore. These include unique login credentials and default automatic downloads of security patches. 

The new mandate is aimed at improving the security of these devices, which are popular targets amongst malicious hackers who are looking to breach home networks, according to industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Stipulated as being part of the country’s Technical Specifications for Residential Gateways, the enhanced security requirements were finalised following an earlier consultation exercise that sought feedback from the public and industry. 

While these mandates are set to come into effect from 13 April 2021, home routers previously approved by IMDA will be allowed to remain on sale until October 12 next year.

Users of existing home routers will not need to change their current routers, but they are encouraged

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Different mortgage rates and requirements

If you’ve been comparing mortgage rates for the purchase of a second home or an investment property, you’re already on a promising path: You’ll either have a place to go for vacations, or you’ll have a place that’ll generate income and put more money in your pocket.

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A view from an outdoor patio

Either way, the opportunity to own more than one property is an enviable position to be in, but how you classify that property makes a difference in how much you’ll pay to finance and own it.


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Second home vs. investment property

Are you buying a second home, or are you making an investment?

This might be confusing, especially if you’re thinking about occasionally renting out the property – using it regularly for vacation, for example, but also making it available on Airbnb for some of the time you’re not using the property

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Need to feed a family with differing dietary requirements? Here are some flexible ideas | The Canberra Times

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It’s a fact that most parents these days cook multiple meals at meal time, due to a rise in dietary requirements. It might be down to gluten and dairy intolerances; it could be for moral or environmental reasons, not to mention people just wanting to be more healthy and reduce the amount of meat, sugar or saturated fat they eat. Jo Pratt is a busy food writer, cook, food stylist and presenter, as well as a mother of two children, and she knows what it’s like to feed a busy family with different needs. The Flexible Family Cookbook is full of simple and delicious recipes to keep the whole family happy, each with suggestions for flexible adaptations for each recipe to account for allergies, intolerances and lifestyle choices. Traybakes and one-pot roasts make for easy and convenient timesavers, whilst scrumptious puds and simple bakes help get smaller hands

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