Back in 2011, I wrote about not disabling right-click. That page still gets a reasonable amount of traffic and it's time for a brief revisit.
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The Only Way to Protect Data Is Not To Have It Online The Only Way to Protect Data Is Not To Have It OnlineLet's start with the lesson everyone needs to learn. There remains but one and only one way to protect your data online. There is only one sure-fire way to make sure your photos aren't stolen, your videos aren't leaked, and your content isn't ripped off. Don't put anything online that you're not alright with having taken from you. This sucks. I know. This is pretty horrid life advice, but the fact is that as soon as you put something up on the Internet, and people like it, they will take it. Worst, they'll claim it as their own. I really hate that one.
You Can Still Protect Content You Can Still Protect ContentThis isn't all bad news. You can still have content that is protected from re-use, it not actual theft, but you have to be intelligent about it. You have to think about what you're protecting and why. Protecting all the images that viewers see on your site is a lost cause. There are just too many ways to download them. Instead, it's a matter of cutting your losses, protecting only what must be protected, and then intelligently guarding what's left. And here are my simple rules for content protection:
- Watermark images you don't want reused
- Server protect folders that store downloadable data (i.e. .htaccess )
- Hide the URLs for downloadable data