Protection

Protecting Images and Using Images in WordPress

Protection

The questions I get asked are:

  • How do I keep people from using my images?
  • Why can’t I save this image from this site?

This article on WPMU Dev is excellent. It covers:

  • Image copyrights and registrations
  • Disable right-clicking
  • Disable hotlinking
  • Metadata
  • Watermarks
  • Preventing access to media
  • Monitoring and Taking Action
  • WordPress Plugins

Usage

We go to these great lengths to protect our work, but are we equally vigilant about not using others’ work illegally? Be careful that you are!

It is important to note that any images used within PDF documents data shared online are subject to copyright laws too. I had one client dinged for an image in an internal & archived newsletter that wasn’t even publically available via the website anymore! It was still online, but it was via a private link. It still counts! Just be careful – even with internal documents.

If you don’t have permission, please get it or don’t use the image/media.

One of the best resources for finding images to use online is via Google image search utilizing the Tools to narrow your search to those licensed for reuse. This is based on the Creative Commons (CC) licensing.

Conduct your search, and then click on the Tools button:

Tools for Google Image Search

Then, click on the Usage rights down menu:

Usage rights options on Google Image search

Finally, select the appropriate CC license:

Select CC License of images on Google Image search

In this case, I selected “labeled for reuse” – that’s commercial or non-commercial use. Since this is a business website, I cannot select non-commercial. If I were working with one of my non-profit clients, then I could select one of the non-commercial options.

There are other free and free-to-use resources for great imagery on your websites. There are, of course, great paid sources of imagery as well. I’ve worked with a handful of all these other options, but I keep going back to Google images for its simplicity.

With all of my websites and media, I strive to deal honestly with image sharing, use, and the like. Not only is it the right and lawful thing to do, but in the long run, it’s easier and cheaper to honor copyright protections.

Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) Plugin for Added WordPress Security

The Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) plugin is one way to boost site security and reduce spam. It adds a very simple to use reCAPTCHA checkbox to all forms (or some forms as you see fit). Installation and setup is very easy, and the options are straight-forward. I especially like that you can add this feature to the login page and the comments forms. Plus, you can exclude logged in users by role – even custom roles!

Google reCAPTCHA Plugin Options

The premium options you can buy into are nice to have, but are not necessary to make the plug-in work like a champ on basic sites.

You can get the plugin on WordPress.org to install manually or search “Google reCAPTCHA” through your WordPress [Add New] plugin screen. The plugin is by BestWebSoft.

Update 6/27/16:
So, I’m not overly fond of the latest update. It includes an updated menu (BWS Panel) that is moved to the top complete with an over-large icon that messes up the flow of the admin menu. The “improved” menu screen would probably be great if I subscribed to their services and used other plugins, but I just want the one free-version for now. I don’t appreciate this particular type of in-your-face up-selling. If you don’t mind all of the extra baggage and/or you intend to “go pro,” then this is still a great plugin to use. As of today, pro membership (access to all their plugins) is $40/month and $17.95/year for the one plugin.

A great-so-far alternative is the GNA Google reCAPTCHA.

Take a Closer Look, Be Safe

A few days ago, a close friend told me that someone tried to steal their email account! To add to that scare, I was recently forwarded a scam offer that looked legit until I looked a little closer. I decided to take these two warnings and post a few bits for you to look out for too.

Be aware and be safe.

What to look for on the website:

  • Does the site URL (in the address bar) match the site you THINK you are on?
    Not sure? Do a Google search for the site you think your on and compare the URLs.
  • When you click on the back button or try to close the window, are there a bunch of intentionally misleading pop up boxes asking you to stay?

What to look for in that email:

  • Does the from address match what you expect? (info@e.bay.com is not the same as info@ebay.com)
  • If suspicious, go to the website referenced in the email separately from the email. In other words, open the browser and either use your own bookmark, type in the URL, or Google the company.
  • If you are told to make a phone call to your bank (or a company). Don’t use the phone # in the email. Use the phone number published the bank/company website (that you went to independently of the suspect email).

A couple of the sites I reference are:

Basic Security

  • Make your passwords long
  • Use different passwords for different sites
  • Don’t share you passwords on websites, with tech support, through emails, or on post-it notes.
    (if you’d like to keep track of your passwords, use a secure method like keepass)
  • Change your passwords from time to time
  • Answer security questions with fake answers (social media makes those pretty easy to hack these days!)
  • Check and adjust your privacy settings on all social media periodically