If you own an iOS device of any kind (iPod/iPad/iPhone) you’ve probably got iTunes installed on on your home computer. iTunes is Apple’s portal to managing content (music/videos/apps/books) on all their devices. Whether you’re using iTunes on OS X or Windows, there are valuable tools at your disposal for managing the content you allow your children to download, view, and purchase.
I’ll be addressing iTunes 10 parental controls. for information about other versions of iTunes please see Apple’s website about iTunes parental controls.
Configuring iTunes Parental Controls
There really isn’t much here to configure but it does help with restricting the type of content available in iTunes. Just because you have restrictions enabled on a device doesn’t mean that the content is unavailable on your desktop or laptop.
You can choose to disable:
- iTunes Store
- Shared Libraries
You can also enable content restrictions. First, pick the country’s rating system you want to use then select ratings for:
- TV shows
Finally, you can choose whether or not to allow explicit content. This may seem redundant but it is necessary because some unwanted content could slip through the cracks via podcasts and music.
WHS 43 – iTunes Parental Controls | j.mp/HzgJyH | Block unwanted content in iTunes
— The Wired Homeschool (@wiredhs) April 12, 2012
Apple has patched Mac OS 10.6 and up against the Flashback/Flashfake trojan
Several anti-virus companies have now released a removal tool for Flashback/Flashfake but Apple is still working on it.
Windows updates were released this week and every version is affected including third-party applications so make sure you get updated.
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