On my Xbox 360 I have my account sign on automatically so that others in the household can watch Netflix. But I've noticed that now my account has 0 points because my 3 year old has purchased random stuff accidentally.

Is there a way to put points on my Live account but do something like password protect only the purchases?

Xbox support has been terribly unhelpful and hasn't given me a straight answer, so I'm guessing there's no way.


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According to this Xbox support page, you can use the parental controls to restrict purchases, but only for a child account.

I'm not at home and can't verify this right now, but you should be able to create a new profile, designate it as a child account, and set that profile to sign in automatically. You can switch to your main profile when you want to make a purchase or play a game.

Not an optimal solution, but it's all I can think of.

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    You can probably also link said child account to your net flix account, so people will still be able to watch net flix, but will be locked from spending points.
    – Sam
    Dec 1, 2010 at 17:37
  • Then set said child account as the auto-logon. It'll be less convenient for you, since you'll have to manually logon, but it'll protect your points. :)
    – John Rudy
    Dec 1, 2010 at 18:02
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    Regarding Netflix: If the child account is created, doesn't that account have to be a Gold account to access the Netflix service? Netflix is only available to Xbox Live Gold members. Dec 1, 2010 at 18:20
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    @Blake, yes, it would have to be a Gold account ... so either way (standalone or Family Pack) it would involve two separate Gold accounts. Jul 12, 2011 at 20:01

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