How To Protect Your Images

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How To Protect Your Images

Since starting your website, you may have noticed how easy it for visitors to copy elements of your page by right-clicking. You are probably concerned that people are stealing your work and claiming it as their own. While there is no fool-proof way to protect everything you put on line, there are some steps to take to make it more difficult for your content to be stolen.

In this article we will discuss:

 

IMPORTANT: There is no fool-proof method to prevent visitors from saving images from your website. Anything posted on a public website can be accessed by the public.

Protecting Images in the Photo Gallery

In your Photo Gallery settings, you have a few options available to make it more complicated for visitors to save your images.

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One key setting is how you choose to display images in photo albums. “Slideshow View” will rotate your images in a simple animated slideshow. Setting the albums in your Gallery to default to “Slideshow View” will hide direct links to the image page in most browsers.

NOTE: Selecting “Slideshow View” will prevent thumbnails for “Most Recent Images” from appearing in your Sidebar.

The “Social Gallery” setting allows members and other visitors to leave comments on your Gallery images. With this setting, an individual page is created for each image.

The setting for “Who can download photos” is how you can disable right-clicking anywhere on the image. Simply change the setting from “anyone” to “disabled.”

NOTE: Changing this setting to “disabled” will not disable the “full size” option on the image page. Visitors will still be able to right-click from the pop-up window when viewing “full size.”

Watermarking

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The best option currently is to watermark your images. This is a method photographers and designers use to brand their images and demonstrate ownership. While this will not prevent the actual steps someone would take to save the image, it can sometimes devalue an image to potential thieves, as they find that an image with branding on it is not useful. Additionally, if the image shows up on another website, since you have watermarked it, the image will serve as promotion for your business.

For more on watermarking, please check out the following article:
"How to Watermark Your Photos"

Using the No Right-Click Script

Another commonly used tool is to disable right-click on your Normal Site Pages by implementing a script. However, this method is not 100% effective since there are ways around it.

  • Using the right-click button on a mouse simply launches a context menu, the same menu that can be launched with a key on the keyboard (usually it’s to the right of the spacebar). Therefore, someone that wants to view a page’s source code can still do so without the aid of a mouse.
  • Most, if not all, browsers allow visitors to simply click on an image and drag it directly into the address bar. This will take a visitor to the image’s direct location and away from any right-click scripts that have been coded into a page. The only way this won’t happen is if the image also serves as a hyperlink.
  • Browsers that allow extensions, like Firefox for example, can provide visitors with the ability to install a feature that allow them to view the page’s source code, allowing the visitor to successfully view the locations of the images they want.

The “no right-click script” is available in our Support Community at the following topic:
"No Right-Click"

IMPORTANT: Implementing the use of any third-party custom codes or scripts is at your own risk. Make sure you test the performance of any code you add to your site to make sure it does not conflict with the rest of your site's design.

Additional Notes

One of the simplest ways to snag an image is to simply create a screenshot. This feature is built into every operating system and there is no way to prevent someone from taking a screenshot of your website.

The content you add to your webpage, particularly if it is related to your business, is your creative, personal, professional property and responsibility. If you are an artist or photographer, it is useful to consider what you want to share online, and if it is worth the risk of making it available to potential thieves.

You can discuss this article in our Support Community at the following topic:
"FAQ - Content Protection -- Read this First!"

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