Protecting Web Images

By Sheryl Canter  |  Posted 2003-06-30 Print this article Print

Use these techniques to protect your online images from thieves.

You dont need to own a Web-based photo gallery to worry about image theft. If youve paid an artist thousands of dollars to design custom graphics, you certainly dont want the images turning up on your competitors site. And even if all you have is a small family site, you probably dont want pictures of your children available to whoever comes along. What can you do? You probably cant stop truly determined thieves, but there are a number of steps you can take to discourage image theft.

There are four ways to copy Web images: browser commands, notably the right-click menus Save picture command; site grabbers and online search engines; the browsers cache; and screen-capture programs or Windows PrintScreen feature. Its difficult to block all four methods. Screen capture is particularly hard to block and requires expensive encryption software such as Alchemedias Mirage Enterprise ( and ArtistScopes CopySafe ( The alternative is to make stealing images difficult and inconvenient.

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Sheryl Canter joined PC Magazine as an Associate Editor in 1991, and has been a Contributing Editor since 1993. As a speaker, writer, and editor, her specialty is in demystifying computer technology to make it interesting and accessible to a wide audience.

A software developer since the early 1980's, Sheryl is currently writing programs for Windows and the Web. .

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