[thelist] Protecting a paid membership website from password sharing

Gersten, John JGERSTEN at lchb.com
Thu Aug 22 11:56:54 CDT 2013

I think you can use javascript to prevent ordinary "right-click" downloading of any images and even hide the direct image URLs; folks could still grab screen caps, but especially if the images are large & hi-res they'll only be able to get low-resolution grabs and perhaps only segments of entire images. So you'd still be preserving a lot of image-value for the client.

> I cannot discuss specifics.  Over time it will have lots of 'expensive' images (thus the
> disk space needs) which the business owner does not want folks sharing freely.
> These will be only available to paid members.  He also wanted me to find a way to
> prevent visitors from downloading the images - all but impossible and I've convinced
> him of this for some of the same reasons. More likely to tick off common members
> than worth attempting to implement image protection techniques that motivated
> pirates can easily skirt anyhow.

> Data in their user account? Nothing much - too bad we cannot store bank info,
> social security number, credit card, paypal password, etc. that would truly
> discourage the behavior. :) So sad...

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