While talking to a friend the other day, the subject of right-click-copy came up.
We ended up discussing the pros and cons of having the right-click-copy function enabled or disabled.
It was quite an interesting conversation as we both felt the same way and had the same solutions to getting around a disabled right-click-copy function.
I decided to write a post on right-click-copy and share some of our frustrations and solutions.
Why Use Right-Click-Copy?
When the right-click-copy function is enabled no one can highlight any text or images on your blog, right click and copy them.
Many people, especially those new to the internet (I think), tend to disable the right-click-copy function to try to prevent others from stealing their content.
I am getting ready to release a product on blog security called Blog Security Defender. In this product I actually show you how to enable the right-click-copy function as one of many ways to help protect your blog.
While I show you how to use this function I am not completely convinced that it really does much good. I mostly show you how to use it because it is one way of providing some security. I actually show you a lot of other ways to secure your blog that are much more effective.
Does Right-Click-Copy Work?
Yes, it does work. You can not highlight text or images right click and copy them.
No, it does not stop anyone who knows how to, from copying anything off of your website.
No, it will not stop your website from being hacked.
My website was hacked about 5 months or so after I started blogging. No, I did not have right-click-copy disabled but it would not of mattered.
The person who hacked my blog actually stole every bit of my content and made it the only current content on their blog. They did not use right-click-copy to do this however. I am not really sure how they did it but as soon as I would post something to my blog it would also post to theirs. This included all comments made on my blog. Finding out how they did it was never really important to me as I never intend to do that. At that time, the only thing that was important was stopping the hacker.
If you want to read more about when I was hacked go to the post I wrote at that time. My Blog Has Been Hijacked!!
In this post I just wanted to point out that preventing right-click-copy would not have prevented what happened to me.
How To Very Simply Get Around Right-Click-Copy?
There is a very simple way or probably several very simple ways to get around right-click-copy in order to copy text or images from most any website.
Maybe some of you know this but for those who do not I will show you how use one method here in the following video.
The Decision – To Enable or Disable Right-Click-Copy?
As I said before Right-Click-Copy is one way of protecting the content of your blog and I did show how to do this in my blog security product. I do think it is probably one of the most least effective ways of protecting content. I actually do show some much more effective ways of content protection in my product that most people would never know you did.
The questions is who does it protect your content from? Anyone who wants to steal your content for negative reasons knows how to copy the code like I did in the video and most probably in many other ways.
I think the people right-click-copy really protects a blog from are other bloggers who want to include a excerpt from someone else’s blog in their post giving full credit to the author. If I was looking to include an excerpt from another blog and that blog had right-click-copy disabled I would probably go on to another blog to get the excerpt I wanted or just leave it out of my post.
I think it is an honor to have my blog quoted in another persons post and it is great free advertising for my blog. I really do not want to miss out on that.
What Do You Think?
It is your turn now. Just what do you think about right-click-copy? I know there are some very different thoughts on this out there as I have had conversations with others about both sides of the issue.
Leave me a comment and let me know just where you stand!