[Web Easy] How to protect your website images

How to protect your website images

This article will show you ways you can help protect your website images from unauthorized downloads. While the steps aren't foolproof, it does provide a deterrent.  You can watch the video below or get an outline steps at the bottom of the article.



Outlined Steps:


Step 1: Add a Copyright notice at the bottom of each page

By adding a copyright notice, you are letting your visitors know this is protected content and is not free use.  Simply insert a textbox and copy the following text into it "Copyright 2011 © John Doe".  You will need to place your name in the textbox along with the date the content was created.  

Step 2: Watermark your images
By watermarking your images, you are embedding your name, website address, or photo directly into your images.  This makes it more difficult to use your images since it has your information on it.  It is also more difficult to remove a watermark than to circumvent the remaining options. You can watermark an image for free at http://www.pickmarkr.com.  Once you save your watermarked image, simply insert it in your Web Easy document.

Step 3: Disable right-clicks
You can prevent people from right-clicking on an image and saving it.  To do this, you will need to do the following steps:

   1. Open your document in Web Easy.
   2. Go to Insert -> Objects
   3. Press the Objects tab
   4. Scroll down and select "No Right click"
   5. Press OK
   6. Put the script anywhere on the page
   7. Double-click to type in your copyright message.
   8. Copy/paste this copyright notice onto each page (if needed)
 
Step 4: Disable website caching
When you go to a website, your browser will download all the images for that page in a folder on your computer.  This allows the browser to bring up the page quicker, but people can go into their folder and obtain your images. To disable website caching, you will need to do the following steps:

1. Open your document in Web Easy
2. Go to View -> Inspector
3. In the upper-right corner of the Inspector window, select "Document" from the Properties of Page icon
4. Press the Properties tab
5. Expand the Page Settings row
6. Double-click the value to the right of Head Elements
7. Copy and Paste the following script into it:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="CACHE-CONTROL" CONTENT="NO-CACHE">
8. Press OK

Step 5: Disable the browser's image toolbar
Older browsers will give you the option to save an image simply by hovering your mouse over an image.  To disable this feature, repeat the steps 1-8 For the "Disable website caching" section, but instead use the following script:
<META HTTP-equiv="imagetoolbar" CONTENT="no">

Note: If you need to insert an additional row in the Edit Text window, position your cursor at the end of the text and press CTRL+[Enter].

Step 5: Additional measures
There are other options such as disable source viewing and print screen, but it would be more trouble than it's worth. It may also harm your document.

If you find your images or content still being copied, you can send them a nice cease and desist letter.  If you need their contact information, you can go to http://www.whois.net and lookup their domain.  This should show you all their contact info. Otherwise, you may need to contact a lawyer.  Good luck!

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