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Security Kindergarten ?

249 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 12:59 AM by Twistan RSS
Twistan Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Nov 15, 2012 4:10 PM

Apple staff removed my previous post because I vented my anger about Apple's security policies.

I try to be less polemic.

 

Just a few months ago I purchased a Mac Air via the Apple store. At that time I was staying in Australia and I paid with my European credit card.

 

Today, while being again in Australia I wanted to download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Surprise, surprise !

 

First surprise : App Store Australia does not accept my European credit card !

 

Second surprise: For security reasons App Store forced me to answer three silly questions such as "where did your parents meet?' Both my parents  are dead, shall I ask the Lord where they met ? Is it unreasonable to ask if this is kindergarten ?

 

Question to the community:

Are there alternatives to obtaining software updates ? Can I walk into a physical Apple Store and buy 10.8. on a USB stick ?

 

 

Regards,

Twistan

Mac mini (Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 4:42 PM (in response to Twistan)
    Both my parents  are dead, shall I ask the Lord where they met ?

     

    You can ask. Perhaps He will answer. It may work. Who can argue with success?

     

    As far as I know your parents met in Heaven. Why not supply that answer? It works as well as anything else (except you just informed the rest of the world of that security question).

     

    Can I walk into a physical Apple Store and buy 10.8. on a USB stick ?

     

    No, but if you walk into a physical Apple Store with a Mac you can download Mountain Lion and subsequently create your own USB memory-stick resident installer for use on all your Macs.

     

    Apple explains here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4848

     

    Your European credit card will not be accepted elsewhere "for your security". You have to find another way of funding your Store account if you are going to use the Store beyond the old country.

    ...  Is it unreasonable to ask if this is kindergarten ?


    You might as well ask the Lord that too, because asking here is considerably more futile.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  27 years Apple!
  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,750 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 9:24 PM (in response to Twistan)

    s it unreasonable to ask if this is kindergarten ?

    Engineers added this feature for your protection, due to the growing fraud cases.

     

    If you purchase an item for the first time on a computer/device, you must answere the questions. If this feature were not there, and you got screwed over in some way, you'd be the first to complain why they had no such protection....

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