4 ways to prevent your child from using your iPhone to buy

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By Hannah   — January 08, 2017

  • 1 / 4 1. Secure your phone with a passcode

    Who would’ve thought a passcode was more secure than a thumbprint scan? Turns out it’s true when you have pesky kids running about. You can use a number PIN, pattern or password lock.

    Be wise about choosing your code too, and don’t make it something easy to guess, like your child’s birthday.

    Related: Shop at Thai stores from Singapore with new app 

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  • 2 / 4 2. Install a child-safe app on your device

    There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to protect your privacy when your kids are using your phone or tablet. Try Curbi, which is free and works for iOS and Android devices and helps you lock apps, put a time limit on screen time and block inappropriate sites.

    For Android devices, there’s AppLock, which lets you lock SMS, contacts, Gmail, Facebook and other apps, including your Google Play app store.

    Related: What you need to know when buying from online sites like Carousell and Gumtree

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  • 3 / 4 3. Don’t automatically store credit card info in your browser or shopping app

    It’s tempting, we know, because who really likes to take out their credit card every time they make an online purchase? But not using the auto-fill feature for credit card info keeps your details safe from your kid, and outsiders too, if your device is lost or stolen. Best to play it safe.

    Related: 6 credit card tips from busy parents

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  • 4 / 4 4. Be vigilant

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your kid is devious enough to get around your security controls. That’s ok; just be aware of your credit card statements and keep track of your purchases. If you notice any irregularities, check immediately if your credit card has been compromised, or your little one has been on a shopping binge.

    Related: 3 online personal shopper services that let you buy almost anything in the world 

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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1. Secure your phone with a passcode Who would’ve thought a passcode was more secure than a thumbprint scan? Turns out it’s true when you have pesky kids running about. You can use a number PIN, pattern or password lock. Be wise about choosing your code too, and don’t make it something easy to guess, like your child’s birthday. Related: Shop at Thai stores from Singapore with new app  Click on arrows for more.  2. Install a child-safe app on your device There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to protect your privacy when your kids are using your phone or tablet. Try Curbi, which is free and works for iOS and Android devices and helps you lock apps, put a time limit on screen time and block inappropriate sites. For Android devices, there’s AppLock, which lets you lock SMS, contacts, Gmail, Facebook and other apps, including your Google Play app store. Related: What you need to know when buying from online sites like Carousell and Gumtree 3. Don’t automatically store credit card info in your browser or shopping app It’s tempting, we know, because who really likes to take out their credit card every time they make an online purchase? But not using the auto-fill feature for credit card info keeps your details safe from your kid, and outsiders too, if your device is lost or stolen. Best to play it safe. Related: 6 credit card tips from busy parents 4. Be vigilant Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your kid is devious enough to get around your security controls. That’s ok; just be aware of your credit card statements and keep track of your purchases. If you notice any irregularities, check immediately if your credit card has been compromised, or your little one has been on a shopping binge. Related: 3 online personal shopper services that let you buy almost anything in the world  A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. (Photos: 123RF.com)

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