Support » Plugin: If Menu - Visibility control for Menus » Phones home without my permission? Naughty plugin.

  • Congratulations, you get the dubious distinction of being my first review.

    I am reporting you to Plugins.

    For the people who do not know what “phone home” means, it means that this plugin sends information about your site to themselves without your permission.

    EDIT: I am editing this review to provide more information in light of the questions asked below.
    /wp-content/plugins/if-menu/if-menu.php:334 makes a call to[redacted]&for=if-menu&_nonce=[redacted]&licenseKey= to check for a license key – something that should not be happening for a free plugin in the repo. This allows the author to see which sites are using the free plugin and for how long, without asking.
    It is possible to monitor and block external calls made via the WP API. Some plugins allow domain-specific blocking. I highly recommend installing one on a test site to monitor calls made by plugins before installing it on a production site – and to consider blocking if you are concerned about the privacy of your own or client sites and cannot find an alternative to a naughty plugin.

    @yanike @ctmartin2020 @fabriss

    • This topic was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Carike. Reason: Provided more detailed information regarding the source and destination of the external calls
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  • sorry can you specify your report better? in what sense does it send data?

    Where in the code does it submit data? Let me know and I’ll fork the plugin removing all premium stuff and tracking/reporting.



    I’d like to know the same as @yanike. Or is this just an unsubstantiated B.S. claim to waste everyone’s time? I’m seriously evaluating whether to use this plugin for a client, but non-specific claims like this don’t help my evaluation, or anyone else’s for that matter.

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