How can I keep picture om my site from hijackers

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Aussie Topcat, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Aussie Topcat

    Aussie Topcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Can anyone help me, I am almost ready to attach my photos to my site of work I have done.

    How can I stop them from being hijacked & used by people on their sites.

    This is a concern of my clients & I have been asked to find out before I have the okay to post them.

    Can anyone offer any help- My site is a freewebs site for now!
  2. ritchiem

    ritchiem LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    You can watermark your pics.
  3. ofishil

    ofishil LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 123

  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,934

    the caution i would throw at disabling right-clicks is the potential alienation of some visitors who like to right-click internal/external links for "open in new window". that's one of the more frustrating things i encounter on websites (besides flash loads). both of those historically scored very low in various usability studies i've run. besides, if anyone wants to go through the effort of stealing your pics, by right-click "save picture as", they can just as easily do a screen capture and still end up with your pics.

    if it was a must-have to secure your pics, i'd probably follow ritchie's advice of watermarking.

  5. betterlawn

    betterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 426

    I agree, no-right-click is cheesy and ticks people (me) off. It belongs on porn sites.

    Watermark them, or just accept the fact that once you put it out there anybody can take it.
  6. Aussie Topcat

    Aussie Topcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Thank you guys

    After some proffessional & practical advice I has chosen to just accept.

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  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    a website developer would know. I used to run a political website and we made the pictures so that noone could copy them. , don't know how it was done but it was.
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    There's really nothing you can do. Watermark them so no one steals them, that's about it. Even disabling the right click option can be bypassed if someone knows how to read your code and find the picture that way.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    Yeah, no offense to anyone's intelligence but even IF someone does it, what can you do, honestly?

    It took time for me to accept this myself, but over the years I've become less concerned about actual copying, part of what helped me deal with it is the realization that a copy is the most sincere form of flattery. Today, someone copies parts or even whole sections of my site, I take it as a compliment someone thought it was SO good it deserved to be copied :)
    Heck, half the time it's just someone's 8-year old kid fooling around a bit, they wanted to build a Web site or something...

    However, the ONE thing I do NOT like is when someone hotlinks my pictures or really, any file on my site - By hotlinking I mean they offload the content from my server via their site, and for that matter I would MUCH rather have them copy it to THEIR server then link it direct, which not only decreases THEIR load-times but it stops consuming my bandwidth and resources as well...
    An example of hotlinking would mean THEIR site's image tag reads 'alt img="" etc', effectively offloading the image from your server onto their site.

    So, to stop hotlinking however, you need at least a virtual host AND the ability to create an .htaccess file.
    IN this .htaccess file, this script stops MOST hotlinks:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://site.numeric.IP.address.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://site.numeric.IP.address:80.*$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
    RewriteRule \.([mid|wav|exe|zip|mod|com|avi|wmv]+)$ [R]

    1) Replace with your site's actual domain name.
    2) Include if you wish to show pics HERE that are hosted on your server, also ADD any dotcoms which you WANT to allow hotlinking (such as T-100 lists that might carry your site's banner or button).
    3) For site.numeric.IP.address, enter the actual numbers corresponding to this, (for example for, the numeric IP address is - this is USUALLY available someplace under server info (sometimes Whois) AND it should LOAD your site when typed into the browser bar, such as {but not always}).
    4) The last line requires you have a file in your main html directory by the name of 403.shtml, can also be called 403.html and this is your site's 403 error page, which helps clue hotlinkers in. For an example of what a 403 error might look like, here's mine: (very boring, rest assured).

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