Started off good and I think they are working to reduce revenue generation.
But for a while every update add more dodgy stuff.
Moving over to Monarch by Elegant Themes
There is a really suspicious iframe being loaded at the bottom of any page with this plugin which loads about a hundred tracking pixels. Does not look legit at all.
Installed this on a major corporate blog website - only to find the plugin had 'gone rogue' and installed a customised google search.
Updated the plugin and tried to edit settings, and got the message 'you do not have sufficient administrator rights to modify the plugin settings' - so Immediately it got deactivated and went in the bin.
Sorry, it may well be fixed in later / current versions, but this is the kind of thing that's an absolute no in any kind of professional environment.
Used to be decent plugin. Did what it promised. Used it on many of our sites for a couple of years I think.
Suddenly, one day, it started showing third-party popups, asking visitors to enter their email address to be added to a third-party service.
Completely unannounced, without permission, on the ENTIRE frickin web site. Not sure how long it was going on, and how many visitors and buyers we upset. And how many of our users these scumbags stole from our web site.
That was a really scammy, low-class, sleazy move by the developer to auto-enable such a feature without permission from the web site owner. It doesn't matter what they say now - once a scumbag, always a scumbag. I will never trust their developers or plugin ever again.
Run far away from these scammers.
This was an excellent plugin, now it's littered with adsense and readygraph. Really a shame, this was the best social sharing plugin previous to this mixup.
Developers say they're trying to fix it, but they've lost my trust, it wasn't some hack or glitch, it was a choice. I'm moving on.
We've used this plugin for a year or two with no issues, until now.
It's gone and installed ReadyGraph, activated pop-ups and logins all over our site, and site users are being emailed from ReadyGraph, asking them to install it as well.
TL;DR: This plugin will spam your users, take their email addresses, and add pop-ups all over your site. All without asking your permission.
ATTENTION uninstall this plugin !!
A client who was a long time user of this called me up today to see if our hacker intrusion software could explain why Google custom search boxes had appeared over his content. An investigation tracked it back to this plugin. It seems the latest update introduced this, presumably to net the developer a few bucks. That's really annoying when rival products like AddThis have developed successful freemium models around the analytics that such products can generate which suggests that the developer isn't looking to the long term as most users will do what ours did and uninstall a plugin that covers their content with traffic diverting cheap tricks they can't control or disable.
I've been using this plugins for years, but recently they secretly added to my website (and all website using it) a Google Search Box directly linked to their Adsense account :
var cx = 'partner-pub-4187249499649652:7077174520';
This search form automatically appears on your website at the end of 'the_content()' tag
So they are just earning money injecting their own ads on your website thanks to their updated plugin
I think a WordPress admin should be informed about that.
The newest version of this plugins adds Adsense code without informing at the end of every articles/ footer.
The adsense code is not mine, obviously.
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