We identified location tracker SDKs in 450 apps that have been downloaded at least 1.7 billion times. Though U.S. government scrutiny continues to grow, 67% (305) of these apps remain available at the end of January 2021.
Location trackers appear in 42 messaging apps with at least 187 million downloads, including apps masquerading as popular services such as Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat.
X-Mode, the subject of a ban by Apple and Google, is prevalent in many more apps than previously reported, appearing in 44% (199) of the apps we analyzed that have been downloaded at least 1 billion times. Despite the ban, only 10% of these apps have been removed from Google Play.
Surveillance of Muslim audiences via apps is much larger than previously reported, with X-Mode and related location tracker SDKs identified in ten religious and cultural apps with at least 67 million downloads.
Dating and social apps are a notable target of location tracker SDKs, making up 64 of the 450 apps we analyzed with at least 52 million downloads.
Quadrant, a location tracker with over 60 million daily active users, is present in two apps that have been central in recent privacy scandals.
References to OneAudience, which was sued by Facebook for privacy violations, are present in 37% (167) of the apps we analyzed.
This is the 4-year ranking trend for an IT site whose top 200 links are NOTHING but paid and Wikipedia nofollow links and expired domains redirects. A lot of these high DR paid links are listed side by side with casino and write-for-you essay sites at the footer section.
Listen to experts, read Google guidelines, but always keep an open mind. Look at what’s working and what’s not in the SERP.
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Proudly placing itself above other hosting brands, Pagely – the premium WordPress hosting provider, promises great flexibility, scalability, and hosting solutions “engineered from the ground up for maximum uptime and durability”.
But, wonder what’s missing from the diagram? The price tags.
It’s nice (and for many, a necessity) to have all the advanced hsoting features, expert tech supports, and ultra-fast servers – but they all come at a much higher price. Does your business need such sophisticated hosting infrastructure; or you are buying it simply because your web developer said so?
For those who are unsure – here’s my input for you.
Advantages of Managed WordPress Hosting
So what makes these high-priced managed WP hosting plans tick?
Faster Speeds – Due to the optimized nature of Managed WordPress hosts, you’re usually getting fantastic architecture to run WordPress sites off. To what extent depends on the host, but generally, this would be faster than regular shared hosting
Built-in WordPress tools – These range from all round tools such as JetPack to WordPress themes for you to use. They know you’re going to run WordPress and they provide for it.
WordPress-specific Support – Rather than rely on tech who are expected to know everything, Managed WordPress Hosts often hire WordPress experts for you. These specialists will know all the tips and tricks that can help you anytime, anywhere.
Automated Updates – Due to the modular nature of WordPress, you must update not only the core files, but also each plugin you run. Managed WordPress hosts can keep all of these up to date for you, reducing security risks.
Tools for Developers – Aside from pre-built tools, Managed WordPress hosting providers know that WordPress site owns often like to tinker. As such they will give you access to development tools and environments that you can play around with and not destroy your site in the process.
And what’s the downside?
Price – Almost unilaterally, Managed WordPress hosting is more expensive than standard low-cost shared hosting offerings. If you find a plan that’s the same price (or God forbid, cheaper) then you know you’re getting conned.
Only WordPress – You asked for WordPress and you get WordPress. Want to change your mind? Change your hosting provider or switch to an entirely different type of plan. That usually means site migration though.
Automated Updates – Yes, this can be a drawback too, if you opt for auto updates. There are times when developers (of WordPress or other plugins) make a boo-boo and release an update that is disastrous to its users. Your system will auto update. If you’re not around and don’t realize it, you can’t do anything.
Personally I feel that Managed WordPress hosting generally offers at least some form of benefits, but it’s not meant for everyone. As I’ve listed above, consider your situation before looking towards Managed WordPress Hosting.
Note that, if you’re aiming to own a successful, large volume site. technical skills, server management should be part of your web skill set.
It’s not rocket science, there are literally hundreds of tutorial and forums to learn from and you have to playground to fool around in on the WWW. Ignoring the tech altogether is sheer laziness – and could cost you some day. With that, the decision is in your hands.
The conference sessions are divided into 2 tracks:
WCKL Track 1
Building the perfect service business website by Shaan Nicol
“Create one, publish everywhere” by Leonardo Losoviz
One coder agency – 3 steps framework for building one-man WP agency that lasts by Nathan Onn Yeap Chuen
Bagaimana membina landing page yang berimpak tinggi (BM) by Adlan Khalidi
Managing your online presence on Google search by Cherry Sireetorn Prommawin
WordPress CLI in depth by Sanjay Willie
Work, Travel and Join Global Community by Mayuko Moriyama
Secure Your WordPress website by Liew Cheon Fong
Demystify SEO and Google algorithm by Matthew Knighton
WCKL Track 2
Google Tag Manager untuk Markter (BM) by Amirul Nordin
The magic of headless WordPress and REST API by Hasin Hayder
Content strategy for lead generation and SEO by Ivan So
Getting more done in less time – WordPress automation using Ansible by Ivan Yordanov Ivanov
10 tips utama untuk melajukan laman WordPress anda (BM) by Abdul Rahim Abdul Rani
Contributing the WP mobile apps by Cesar Targdguila
WordPress optimization by Ramon Sim
Expand your network: WordPress multisite by Ian Labao
HostScore was one of the event sponsors – we setup a booth, gaveaway some merchandises, and meet people from 8am – 5pm, non-stop. All of us – Timothy, Jason, and I, have not talked so much in one day for a very long time. We were all exhausted by the end of the event.
Having spent more than ten years researching and testing web hosting services, we felt the need for greater transparency in the market. HostScore was built with that in mind – a resource for the public which would monitor how web host servers perform and make that data readily available at no cost.
Being first of its kind in market (as far as I know), HostScore gives hosting consumers a new, data-driven way to evaluate and choose a web host.
We have been collecting data since July 2019 and the site went live early this month (September). I’d love you to go check out the site and let me know what you think.