As I am sure most of you will agree images are a great way to incorporate your brand identity and to include a showcase of the products and services you offer on your website. Images are not only pleasing to the eye but add interest and value to your website and it’s no wonder you want to protect them, but is this fully possible?
The simple answer is no, it is very easy for anyone with limited computer knowledge to take a screen shot of their desktop and crop round the image but here are a few tips you can use to help prevent this from happening.
No right-click script
A simple place to start when preventing your images from being downloaded without permission is to use a no right click script. This will stop users from being able to right click on your images and either copying and pasting them to a location of their choice or to save the image directly to their computer. Depending on how the script is coded, the user will simply right click and nothing will happen or an error message will appear.
Although this is a relatively straightforward for anyone who knows the simplest details about web design it is very easy to get around.
Watermarking is where you add an overlay to the image that impacts on the overall quality to make potential thieves not want your image in the first place. This is an effective method of image protection but only if you don’t mind text being across the top of your image and it can look slightly unprofessional on a website.
Making a slide show of your images on flash makes it impossible for the user to download the images directly, although this is great in one respect, a lot of devices still do not have the capability to support flash.
This will still allow the thieves to right click and save your image, but when they open the image it will be something totally different.
Remember it is not fully possible to protect your images
It is so simple to simply print screen a page and crop the image you want! If you want to add extra protection to your images it is certainly worth giving one of the above techniques a try, but maybe ask yourself is it really worth it?
Digital Marketing Manager
The Internet Marketing Academy
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