Have you ever seen a before & after picture that claimed the results were obtained using a particular product; only to, later, see that exact same photo being used to promote a different product?
What you witnessed was a clear case of straight up image jacking, where a competing company selling a similar product, stole photos to use for their own gain.
So What’s The Best Way To Protect Your Images Online?
If you are in a product-based company and you want to post before & after pics of yourself or your clients/customers on social media or your blog website, YET; protect them from image theft…
If you don’t do it, believe you me, other people in other companies with similar product lines WILL snag your before and afters and use them to market THEIR products! I’ve seen it done time and time again by the unscrupulous.
All they have to do is either do a Google Images search or right-click and save right from your website or your Facebook pics!
And yeah, you can use those copyright protection scripts or plug-ins that prevent people from right-clicking and saving, but there ARE ways to get around that simply by taking screen shots.
And NO, a declaration on your site stating, “These photos are under legal copyright“, ain’t gonna cut it either.
So again, protect your images with watermarks; which can be your logo, your website domain or your brand name.
And don’t put it the very bottom because it’s too easy to crop that off.
The best thing is to put it across an area of the image in such a way that, if someone tried to crop it off, it would render the image totally useless to them.
And if you have the resources and ability to do so, make the watermark somewhat transparent as to not totally take away from what you are trying to convey with your image – as shown in the image below.
Now, while you’re more than likely someone using this method of protecting your images for business purposes, you may even want to consider doing so with personal photos as well!
Anything short of that, your best bet would be to just not post them at all. But at least with watermarking, if someone DOES jack them, YOUR brand, logo or website address is there to inform anyone who comes across it, who it TRULY belongs to.
Hope this helps ya out with protecting your images online!'Til next time... bye for now!
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