Amazon’s Kindle Fire May Also Ignite Kiddie Buying Sprees

Amazon’s Kindle Fire May Also Ignite Kiddie Buying Sprees

Remember those sneaky Smurfs? The in-app iPad purchases from the free game Smurf’s Village – and dozens of games like it – had parents seeing red as their toddlers accidentally ran up credit card bills.

The Kindle Fire also has a similar problem. Kids who play about with the 7-inch tablet are just a few swipes away from Amazon’s famous 1-Click Ordering, a feature that cannot be disabled on the device. (If you haven’t disabled in-app purchases on your iPad, here’s how.)

Reuters reports that Jason Rosenfeld’s 3-year-old daughter basically bought her own Christmas presents after seeing Dad’s shopping history on the tablet.

Although the email confirmation sent to her father from Amazon ended her secret Santa mishap, at least one parent returned the tablets because the one-click buys can’t be disabled.

Lance Durham, a software engineer, sent the tablets packing after following Amazon’s suggestion to “de-register” the devices – because Amazon told him he couldn’t disable the 1-Click shopping function. He followed the instructions, but de-registering the device caused the apps he downloaded not to work on the Fire anymore. That’s when he decided his kids would be getting something else for Christmas.

Parent Subrata Majumder says he also tried to turn off “1-Click”  to no avail.

“Kids can tap the ’1-Click’ button out of curiosity and contents are purchased immediately. My son tapped the ’1-Click button’ a few times,” he says.

So far, Amazon is taking a leaf from Apple’s tree and simply refunding the accidental buys.
But at least one security experts says that any device where purchasing can’t be disabled is definitely not one for the kids.

“My advice is if you can’t trust someone with a device that can place orders in a click and may have access to age-inappropriate content – don’t hand it to them,” said Kurt Roemer, chief security strategist for Citrix Systems.
Via Reuters

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  • Dave Stephens

    Super mega ultra über FAIL to the nth degree… But I guess all the returns will help the U.S. Postal Service recover a bit!    LOL

  • Clivus Multrum

    Simple solution: break the little tots fingers.  All of them, it’s the only way to be sure.

  • Brandon Helton

    I had this same problem.  Is all you have to do is login to Amazon web site and add a new address to your One Click settings and dont associate a credit card with the address.  Then you can keep your device registered and use the apps, books, etc that you purchase.  When you want to purchase something you have to do it the old fashion way and not use 1-click settings.  Was a pain but it helped me from wasting more than the $27 my son already spent on videos.

  • Aaron

    That is exactly why I have NOT enabled 1-click buying on Amazon’s (or Apple’s) site. Too easy to accidentally buy something, even on a computer.

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