Topic: how to protect images?

is there a way to protect my images from the following?

- right click saves
- web page saves
- direct linking to my images
- browser cache saves
- screen capture saves
- printscreen

if not thru simpleviewer, then is there other technology that can accomplish this or some of this?

Re: how to protect images?

Unfortunately anything that is on a computer screen can be copied thru screen-capture. There is no way around this, so any images you post on the web can be copied. You can make it more difficult for the average user to copy your images, and SimpleViewer will do this for you.

SimpleViewer will disable the following image copy methods:
- right click saves (set the 'enableRightClickOpen' XML option to false)
- web page saves
- direct linking to my images (direct-linking of images is only possible if the user figures out the path to the original jpg from the gallery.xml.)

These image copy methods are still possible:
- browser cache saves
- screen capture saves
- printscreen

Felix Turner
SimpleViewer Support Team.

Re: how to protect images?

1.  what does simpleviewer do to prevent web page saves?  is this an automatic thing or do i need to invoke it somewhere as an option?

2.  how do i hide the path to the original jpgs?  anything special i have to do or is this also automatic by default?

3.  i found these two methods of preventing caching.  will either of these do the job in tandem with simpleviewer?

a.  http://www.communitymx.com/content/arti … ?cid=827EA

b.  using <META http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache"> in the <head> tag.

Re: how to protect images?

just following up on these questions...



c1asia wrote:

1.  what does simpleviewer do to prevent web page saves?  is this an automatic thing or do i need to invoke it somewhere as an option?

2.  how do i hide the path to the original jpgs?  anything special i have to do or is this also automatic by default?

3.  i found these two methods of preventing caching.  will either of these do the job in tandem with simpleviewer?

a.  http://www.communitymx.com/content/arti … ?cid=827EA

b.  using <META http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache"> in the <head> tag.

Re: how to protect images?

Another way that someone can view all of your original images and download them directly is if they figure out the path to your image folder.  For example, ours is buildcreativegroup DOT com SLASH BuildPortfolio SLASH images/, so with a little bit of ingenuity one can easily access all of those.

I tried setting the File Access permissions to deny access to this folder, which worked to prevent people from accessing the folder, but also prevented simple viewer from accessing the images within that folder.

So I reset all of the images and folder to a permission of 755.

Any ideas out there on this?

the only thing I have thought of is to name your image folder something awkward like "xge352k" and correct your image path in the gallery.XML file.

on the same subject, does anyone know if Google image search can find images that I have in my image folder but not necessarily in any HTML file, aka, within the simple viewer flash application?

Re: how to protect images?

One solution that will work unfortunately will take away from the asthetics of your online images but is very effective. Before creating galleries import individually your images into Photoshop and literally create a text ribbon with copywrite data over your photograph, If you do this with a duplicate layer you can drop the opacity down to hardly visible then flatten the image and the pixel data literally becomes imbedded in your image. So even if the person gets your image from following file path the text data over your image is enough of a deterrant for them to move onto the next person