The software did its thing, then announced to me that I had vulnerabilities. I could have them fixed for a price. This is where I draw the line.
I have no problem paying for services, if I decide I want them and I'm aware of the price. I object to "free" software that hooks you into trying it, only to let you know *afterwards* that you've got to pay. That's called "Bait and Switch," and is dishonest.
I feel that if a product is worthwhile, Bait and Switch is unnecessary. If it *isn't* worthwhile, Bait and Switch is immoral. I would think that there aren't many people who like being fooled, and that Bait and Switch probably isn't an effective marketing technique.
I removed the software. They need to try a different approach. Unfortunately, I'm not likely to try this company's products again, considering this unpleasant experience.
I deactivated the plugin and a few days later I got an unsolicited email from email@example.com with the subject "6Scan cannot contact your plugin at http://mydomain.com". I was shocked and upset that they had forcibly taken my email address from my WP Database without my permission.
This Clearly violates the WordPress Plugin Repository Plugin Guidelines:
No unauthorized collection of user data. For example, sending the admin's email address back to your own servers without permission of the user is not allowed; but asking the user for an email address and collecting if they choose to submit it is fine. All actions taken in this respect MUST be of the user's doing, not automatically done by the plugin.
This I am writing this to warn all prospective users about this immoral (if not illegal) abuse of private information and also in the hopes that I get the attention of the developers of this plugin so that they may change their tactics.
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