Do you use the social WordPress plugin called Sexy Bookmarks by Shareaholic? If you look at the bottom of this post, you’ll see that I do and have used it on this blog for a while (even before Shareaholic took them over).
Yesterday, I was working on one of my other sites OnlineCopywriting101.com and noticed that some of the pages were loading really slow and I then noticed the reason. In the task bar of my browser, it said…”Waiting for map.media6degrees.com”! Panic struck me!
Had I been hacked? Did I have malware on my site? Good grief!
So I quickly Googled the site and found some old posts where people were complaining about a plugin called AddToAny that was sending tracking data to this site. I’ve never had that plugin, but I suspected if that social plugin was doing it, maybe others are too.
In case you want to turn it off (or on), here’s how to do it:
- Click the Shareaholic link in your WordPress Admin Dashboard left sidebar
- Look for the Functionality Settings section (see image below)
- Select “No” next to “Track Performance”
- Save Changes
How do you feel about plugins sending tracking data without letting you know?
[UPDATE] There is a new version of Sexy Bookmarks, so read my Sexy Bookmarks Update post.