Protecting your website against theft is now considered mandatory for website owners.
This is especially important for websites which are "content heavy" - pictures, graphics, video, etc.
Same as the "bricks and mortar" world, there is no 100% guarantee against online theft but there are many things you can do to protect yourself and your site. Most theft online occurs is because it is "easy" to do it. Just like leaving your front door open or your car unlocked, if you make it simple for thieves they will take advantage it.
Using the steps below, either paid or free, will make your site unappealing to would be thieves so they move on to easier targets.
DMCA.com recommends the following steps.
FREE Website Protection:
- Name, title and date all your website work - within the code
- Add references to your site and design in your Style Sheet (CSS)
- Get the DMCA.com Protection Badge You can't go wrong by adding this extra layer of protection. It's free, includes 1 free takedown per year and will save you a lot of money.
- There are no signup costs or monthly fees to have the DMCA Protection Badge on your website.
- Includes DMCA.com Website Protection Certificate when you register.
- PLUS by registering as a DMCA.com protected user you get auto updates on the best website protection methods available today
- you also get My Protected Website Pages service. Complete list of all your website pages protected by the DMCA Badge
- Watermark your website photos. DMCA.com offers a free and easy program to add protection to every graphic, picture, photos etc on your website. Stop "copy and paste" of content off your website with DMCA.com's watermarking service.
Upgraded Website Protection:
DMCA.com's Protection Pro service provides BOTH website protection AND website enforcement. This service provides all the tools you need to protect your website and if you do experience theft of your content, DMCA ProtectionPro also has the tools you need to get your content taken away from the thieves.
Protection Pro offers a complete suite of upgraded website protection services:
- verified DMCA.com Website Protection Certificate
- Premium DMCA Protection Badges - special, distinct, custom designed Protection Badges for upgraded DMCA clients. These set your website apart.
- Repossessing protected pages control
- Copy Scanner - unlimited webpage scanning - you can check for theft of your content whenever you want and as many times as you want
- Upgraded WaterMarker Pro service - add your corporate logo to your website photos for increased protection
Website Content Enforcement
- Do it Yourself Takedown toolkit - unlimited takedown cases against thieves stealing your content
- Case management system - professional case handling process to organize and track ongoing takedowns
- website detective - find and locate takedown contact information of websites publishing your stolen content
- Takedown Launcher - click and create fully built takedown forms right from your DMCA.com Protected Pages listing
- Takedown templates and forms for easy download to email
FREE DMCA Protection Badge service list
The DMCA Protection Badge service includes:
- a complete selection of over 25 Protection Badge style choices
- create your own custom badge option
- registration into the DMCA.com ProtectionPortal, where you can access a number of additional free and paid protection services.
- Protected page index - a complete list of all website pages protected by the DMCA badge.
It is very important however to register your account before placing a free Protection Badge on your website. By registering first, whatever website pages and content you want protected will be listed in the DMCA Portal as "protected pages" under your account name. The free takedown service offer cannot occur without you registering your account first.
DMCA.com does have a pay service for website protection which includes the above but also has a number of tools and services for webmasters to protect their website content PLUS content takedowns when content is stolen.
Click here for DMCA.com Website Protection Pro service:ProtectionPro