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Free Smurfs’ Village app could cost you serious money

If you’re both a proud parent and the owner of an iOS device, you might want to be wary of letting your children play games on it. One game in particular that could run you into trouble is Smurfs’ Village. Surely nothing about the Smurfs could be harmful to your children, right? It’s actually true, those little blue guys are about as family-friendly as cartoons go. Unfortunately it might not be friendly to your bank account.

This, and other games have an in-game marketplace, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, when you can purchase a wheelbarrow full of Smurfberries at $60 a pop, things can get a little hairy. Apparently more than a few parents have been shocked by outrageous bills from iTunes, because their very young child has unknowingly made large purchases in this game. Generally, you have to punch in your iTunes password before executing a purchase (even for a free app), however, it saves that information for 15 minutes.

Unfortunately there seems to be no way to log out of iTunes, or have it require a password immediately. So the only current course of action is to remember to wait at least 15 minutes before handing your device over to your small child.

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  • ,,,why not disable in-app purchases before handing the device over to a child? this money earning system also frustrates me, but there are ways to deal with it.

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