Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that on-line retail giant Amazon has agreed to refund a whopping $70 million dollars to parents for unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children.   The parents argued that it was too easy for their kids to rack up charge after charge with out the parents even knowing.  Currently, Amazon allows any in-app purchase under $20 without parental control or a pin.

I have a little experience with this kind of thing.  Last week, I saw a $60 charge on my bank statement from Microsoft that I couldn't account for.  After a little digging, I discovered the culprit.  My 8 year old son had purchased a video game through XBox Live.  It was all set up and easy as pie for him.  Just a couple of clicks and he was playing the ultimate edition of Minecraft with all of the bells and whistles, including the pricey Power Rangers add-on pack.  But - the boy isn't in trouble, because I should've secured it much better.  Now there are passwords on top of passwords.  The next time he either won't get in, or the CIA will be interested in his hacking skills.