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How To Stop Online Thieves From Stealing Your Photos In 6 Simple Steps

Once you share your work on the Internet there is a chance someone will come along and steal it. Some people don’t even know they are doing anything wrong. If they find something, why shouldn’t they be allowed to use it? They can view everything online for free therefore they should be able to take what they want. Other people are more sinister and they know what they’re doing is wrong. They will quite happily steal from you and hope they don’t get caught.


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One group of people who regularly have to deal with thieves is photographers. You might go out and spend the night under the stars in order to capture one beautiful photo of the moon. You then upload it to your website and someone will take it for their own site without as much as a thank you. I don’t blame you for being annoyed, but luckily there is something you can do about it. There are actually a few ways you can stop people from stealing your images and we can look at them right now.

Disable right-click


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When someone is looking at your website and they come across a nice photo they just need to hit right-click and save it onto their computer. They are then free to use the image wherever they want. You can use some JavaScript that will prevent anyone from being able to save your photo when they hit right-click. This doesn’t mean someone won’t be able to steal from you, but it will scare away the amateur content thieves.

Tile the images

When someone tries to steal your photo they will get a nasty surprise if they only come away with a small part of it. You can split the image up into four equal sections and when you put them back together again it looks like one photo, only it’s four separate ones. If someone wants to steal it they will have to spend a long time putting it back together again.

A transparent image

This is a cool trick because you’re essentially hiding your photo behind a piece of glass. You can put a transparent image on your website and by adding a little CSS you can position the real image behind it. If someone decides they want to hit right-click and save your image they will only be stealing the transparent image in front of it.

Lower the quality

Most people want to steal a photo because it looks beautiful, but when they download it and realize it doesn’t look so good they will not use it. When you’re putting any photos on your site you can compress them and use the lowest resolution possible. The images will still look good on your site, but when someone copies them they won’t look as good.

Use a watermark

Before you publish any photos online you should make sure they have a watermark. Most people won’t want to use an image that has your name on it. If people still decide to steal the image they will be telling the world they are a thief. You can put your website address in each photo and people will still be able to find their way back to your site.

Get the credit you deserve

Maybe you could work out a deal with people. They want a nice image to use on their website and you want the recognition you deserve. You could let people use your photos as long as they link back to your site. It’s something to think carefully about because it could mean you end up with a lot more visitors and that means you would make a lot more money.

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Guilherme Cherman is a tech lover. He keeps track of the latest in technology and specially finds the Como Fazer an extremely effective and portable way to keep a check on your diabetes. When he isn’t busy searching for new facts about technology and inventions, he watches football on TV.

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