My son has a gift card for itunes, but to activate it he needs to enter credit card details on the programme (not a web site that is https or with a yellow padlock). Is it safe to do so? How do I know it is safe? I have never entered such personal information into anything but a secure site before.
Apple takes precautions — including administrative, technical, and physical measures — to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
The Apple Online Store and iTunes Store use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is required. To make purchases from the Apple Online Store or iTunes Store, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Safari, Netscape Navigator 3.0 or later, or Internet Explorer. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal and credit card information while it’s transmitted over the Internet.
When you consider the millions of people that have signed up to itunes over the years, it is safe to say that whichever way Apple transmits your card details to themselves, it will be secure, otherwise we would be hearing a never ending list of horror stories.
I remain as cautious as Fruitbat as Mat Alan's advice refers to web sites, not this programme; [email protected] has a convincing argument, but that doesn't explain why most security advice I have read doesn't mention this issue; big bloke66 is more trusting than I will ever be; and eedcam offers a work around until I can get conclusive advice.
My lad may be able to redeem his voucher without opening an account, but will still need an account for future use, so I still need to conclude this oneway or another. I'll see if I can get more advice/clarity from PCA's security advisor.
My children will just have to wait until they're old enough to have their own credit cards. My details aren't going to Apple in the foreseeable future. I'm looking for an alternative to iTunes. I can't even download album art without giving payment details. It all seems a bit intrusive to me.