Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

Apple iOS 4.3 Prevents Unwanted In-App Purchases

by Steve Morgenstern on March 11, 2011

With the release of iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPod and iPad, Apple plugged a hole that let children rack up hundreds of dollars of charges on their parents' iTunes accounts.

The problem involves "in-app purchases," commonly found in games and virtual communities. The Smurf's Village app, for example, is a popular free download, but the Smurfberries used as currency in the game don't come cheap: it's possible to buy a $100 wagon-full with a single purchase.

As Apple veterans know, even a free download requires the user to enter an iTunes password. However, before this week's update, that password didn't have to be re-entered for additional purchases made in the next 15 minutes. Download the game, hand your iPad to your child, and he or she could innocently rack up huge charges for in-game goodies.

Most users can now plug this potential leak by downloading the free iOS 4.3 software. One thing to note, though, this update is not available for older Apple devices, so some parents will still have to deal with the problem with vigilance and a stopwatch.


, News, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Tablets & eReaders, Blog

Discussion loading

New Articles on Techlicious

Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.