View Full Version : stop people saving my images? how?

08-27-2009, 05:54 PM
Hi Guys

Do you have any good suggestions to stop people stealing the images that are seen on my site? example stopping the right click?

Can I do anything server side in PHP?



08-27-2009, 06:19 PM
You can capture the right-click action and display an annoying message about how you don't want people to use your images, but the fact of the matter is all images shown in a browser is in the cache folder anyway.

I've seen some sites protect images with flash, but I reckon there's a way to extract them from flash too.

08-27-2009, 06:21 PM
Nope, you can’t do anything. And do you want to know a funny thing? Once they view your website they already have downloaded all content to their computers. That’s called “cache”.

And I, for example, don’t even have a right mouse button so how you're gonna stop me, eh?

The only thing you can do is prevent hotlinking (http://htaccesstools.com/hotlink-protection/) (that is if other people are displaying content from your server on their websites). But when they view your website they can download your content. The original intention of the internet has never been to protect content but to publish it. If you want your content not to be “stolen” then don’t publish it in the first place.

08-27-2009, 06:26 PM
Like the others have said, there is no way to stop it. If you don't want to risk someone saving a copy, the only solution is to not put it on the Internet.

If the images are photographs or something like that and you are displaying lower resolution sample images, you could add a watermark I suppose.

08-27-2009, 07:37 PM
great thanks for the feed back guys.

Thats exactly what I thought. I just wanted a second opinion from the experts.

Thanks again

08-27-2009, 08:45 PM


08-30-2009, 11:30 PM
Place a watermark (your website in very fine screen) in a crucial place on the picture, not on the blue sky or another solid not important place.
This makes otherwise useful pictures... useless to someone else!

08-31-2009, 07:24 PM
this is the problem of the internet,any one can reuse your pics and even codes except the server side languages codes and who inside it.