The very concept of in-app purchases is a great one, assuming you're interested in buying what the seller has to offer that way in the first place. But almost every month, it seems like some little kid gets their hands on mom or dad's iPad and goes on a spending spree, and more often than not, Apple winds up on the hook for the charges. Haven't these people ever heard of parental controls?
Kids, next time your parent doles out some punishment that you think is too harsh, remember the story about the police officer father who turned his son in for fraud just to avoid paying the tab his kid racked up on his iPad.
Exactly how fast can someone rack up a $2,500 tab with a free App Store game? One five-year-old across the pond did it in a matter of minutes, with the unwitting help of his parents and their password.
Restrictions in iOS work simliarly to Parental Controls in OS X. It’s an easy way to restrict unauthorized users from accessing certain functions in iOS, and keep the kids away from inappropriate content.
To begin, head over to Settings > General > Restrictions and tap “Enable Restrictions” to set a password and get started restricting functionality.
Apple’s busy day continues, with the company’s new Find My Friends app going live in the App Store ahead of iOS 5 and iCloud. Now you’ll never lose track of your friends and loved ones -- assuming they have the good sense to also have an iOS device, that is.
If you happened to open up your subscription to The Daily after installing iOS 4.3 on Wednesday and got a prompt to enter your iTunes password again, you’ve stumbled across a new security measure in iOS 4.3 that Apple has put in place to help squelch accidental purchases.
If you have little ones in your home that are finger happy with the keyboard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard has got your back. While it won't watch the kids while you go out for date night, you can use the built-in Parental Controls to finely tweak the Mac App Store so that the kids don't do anything fishy.
In-app purchases are a great idea, and have helped spurn a whole raft of “freemium” apps -- download the app for free, and if you like it, buy more. As it turns out, it may be the kids who are going on expensive buying sprees with their parents’ devices.