The increasing amount of accidental in-app purchases in Capcom's App Store game Smurfs' Village has led Apple to give the developer a mouthful about its purchase strategy. The free game, ranked among the top grossing apps in almost every country, has reached such heights thanks to the freemium model: users can purchase extra virtual currency called Smurfberries to progress faster in the game.
If you haven't read about it yet, many customers have been complaining about excessive charges to their credit cards from iTunes purchases. Since the game is free to download, many parents didn't realise that you could buy extra in-app content with real money. Last week the Washington Post reported that an eight-year-old boy spent $1,400 in Smurfs' Village alone. This is not the first time it happens. After several customer complains, Capcom updated the App Store description text to warn users that Smurfberries cost actual money. According to Jon Jordan at PocketGamer.biz and Apple Insider, Apple recently had "strong words" over the use of in-app purchases and suggested that it might introduce changes in the future.
Change your current password to a save 12-plus-character long combination using symbols, letters and numbers (1Password is great for this.) You can manage your Apple ID directly on Apple's website. https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/
Top tip for parents: if you still choose to buy on the App Store from your iDevice, you can always sign out manually. To do this, go to Settings>Store and tap the sign out button.