Deter Image Theft

This particular option can be found by logging into your site's admin area and going to:
"ProPhoto" > "Customize" > "Content Appearance" > "Text & Images"

Modern web browsers offer multiple ways for users to copy images from the internet. But many photographers want to protect their images from being copied. The nature a website is to download images into the visitor’s browser for viewing, but ProPhoto offers several options to deter visitors from easily grabbing your images.

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No Protection

This setting retains the default WordPress behavior:

  • allow images to be clicked, taking visitors directly to the full-sized image file – saving a copy is easy to do.
  • allow images to be right-clicked, most computers offer a “Save As…” option for images.
  • allow images to be dragged with the mouse, making it possible to drag images directly onto the computer desktop.

Disable right-click

Restricts right-click on images, preventing visitors from using the browser “Save As…” for images.

Disable left and right clicks

Restricts any type of clicks on images. Some plugins may require left-clicking on images, so if you are having image-related plugin problems, you might try using Disable right-click above, instead.

Disable clicks and dragging

Same as Disable left and right clicks above, but will also restrict dragging of images from the browser to the visitor’s desktop or file folders.

No clicks/drag, add watermark

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Same as Disable clicks and dragging above, but will also automatically use a watermarked copy of your image on your site. Watermarking will brand your images with your own graphic so that any visitor who tries using a screen capture will still have your branding applied.

When this setting is chosen, you can upload a watermark graphic, set alignment, and change opacity of the watermark on your photos. See the link at the end of this guide for help with watermarking.

Server-side Protection: Robots.txt

This is an advanced topic, but we want you to know about it: you can prevent Google Images from indexing your photos by using a robots.txt file on your web server. By applying a rule like this, Google Images will totally skip indexing photos for your entire site:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /

You can add this manually, or you can use a plugin for WordPress. Since we find it’s more cumbersome to manually edit and add a robots.txt file to your server, a plugin is probably the way to go. Search for a plugin in the “Plugins” > “Add New” area of your system, or research online in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

And if you need to remove images that are ALREADY indexed in Google Images, you can use the Remove URLs tool that Google provides.

This is also an advanced topic, but it’s good to know about: websites can hotlink your images directly by simply using the URL address of images from your site. This takes some know-how to do, so the average visitor may not know how to find your image URLs. But there are lots of tools to block hotlinking, since it involves adding code to a special .htaccess file on your web server. We recommend using a WordPress plugin to achieve this, so search for a hotlink defense plugin in your “Plugins” > “Add New” area, or research online in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Be sure to test thoroughly to make sure the plugin you choose doesn’t cause unexpected problems.

Please note, none of these methods are foolproof, only strong deterrents. Someone with enough computer/internet savvy could get into the source code and track down the original image (without the watermark) on your server. So, if you don’t want any way for your images to be stolen, you probably will want to watermark them before uploading, or not post them at all. This protection though does prevent a vast majority of your visitors from being able to access your images.


This particular option can be found by logging into your site's admin area and going to:
"ProPhoto 4" > "Customize" > "Content Appearance" > "Text & Images"

Modern web browsers offer multiple ways for users to copy images from the internet onto their local computers. Often, this freedom can be detrimental to photographers trying to protect their images. While the nature of the internet limits your ability to protect items that share online, ProPhoto offers several options to deter visitors from grabbing your images.

ProPhoto Protection: None

This setting retains the default WordPress behavior:

  • allow images to be clicked, taking visitors directly to the full-sized image file, where it can be copied
  • allow images to be right-clicked and saved to the user’s computer as a copy
  • allow images to be dragged with the mouse directly onto the computer desktop, saving a copy

ProPhoto Protection: Disable right-click

Restricts right-click on images, preventing visitors from saving a copy.

ProPhoto Protection: Disable left and right clicks

Restricts any type of clicks on images.
Some plugins may require left-clicking on images, so if you are having image-related plugin problems, you might try using the setting above instead.

ProPhoto Protection: Disable clicks and dragging

Same as above, but will also restrict dragging of images from the browser to the visitor’s desktop or file folders.

ProPhoto Protection: No clicks/drag & add watermark

Same as above, but will also automatically create a watermarked copy of your image during the upload process. The watermarked version of your photo will be used on your site, not only preventing visitors from being able to get your unprotected images using a screen capture, while also providing an elegant to add branding to all of your images.

Once selected, you can specify the alignment of your watermark image, set the opacity of the image, and upload the image itself.  (More information on watermarking can be found in the tutorial linked below.)

ProPhoto Protection: Pinterest

Some users feel that Pinterest has become a bit of a ‘loophole’ which can provide visitors to your site with a way to copy images from your site. You can use ProPhoto to prevent Pinterest from ‘finding’ and pinning images on your site. Set this option and Pinterest will be unable to load images on your site when visitors try to Pin images on your site.
Note: This will disable any Pinterest features ProPhoto provides. To learn more about ProPhoto Pinterest options, click here.

Server-side Protection: Robots.txt

This is an advanced topic, but we want you to know about it: you can prevent Google Images from indexing your photos by using a robots.txt file on your web server. By applying a rule like this, Google Images will totally skip indexing photos for your entire site:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /

You can add this manually, or you can use a plugin for WordPress. Since we find it’s more cumbersome to manually edit and add a robots.txt file to your server, a plugin is probably the way to go. Search for a plugin in the “Plugins” > “Add New” area of your system, or research online in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

And if you need to remove images that are ALREADY indexed in Google Images, you can use the Remove URLs tool that Google provides.

This is also an advanced topic, but it’s good to know about: visitors and websites can hotlink your images directly by simply using the URL address of images. This takes some know-how to figure out, so the average visitor may not know how to find your image URLs. But there are lots of tools to block hotlinking, since it involves adding code to a special .htaccess file on your web server. We recommend using a WordPress plugin to achieve this, so search for a hotlink defense plugin in your “Plugins” > “Add New” area, or research online in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Be sure to test thoroughly to make sure the plugin you choose doesn’t cause unexpected problems.

Please note, none of these methods are foolproof, only strong deterrents. Someone with enough computer/internet savvy could get into the source code and track down the original image (without the watermark) on your server. So, if you don’t want any way for your images to be stolen, you probably will want to watermark them before uploading, or not post them at all. This protection though does prevent a vast majority of your visitors from being able to access your images.

This particular option can be found by logging into your site's admin area and going to:
"Appearance" > "P3 Customize" > "Content" > "Text & Images"

Modern web browsers offer multiple ways for users to copy images from the internet onto their local computers. Often, this freedom can be detrimental to photographers trying to protect their images. While the nature of the internet limits your ability to protect items that share online, ProPhoto offers several options to deter visitors from grabbing your images.

ProPhoto Protection: None

This setting retains the default WordPress behavior:

  • allow images to be clicked, taking visitors directly to the full-sized image file, where it can be copied
  • allow images to be right-clicked and saved to the user’s computer as a copy
  • allow images to be dragged with the mouse directly onto the computer desktop, saving a copy

ProPhoto Protection: Disable right-click

Restricts right-click on images, preventing visitors from saving a copy.

ProPhoto Protection: Disable left and right clicks

Restricts any type of clicks on images.
Some plugins may require left-clicking on images, so if you are having image-related plugin problems, you might try using the setting above instead.

ProPhoto Protection: Disable clicks and dragging

Same as above, but will also restrict dragging of images from the browser to the visitor’s desktop or file folders.

ProPhoto Protection: No clicks/drag & add watermark

Same as above, but will also automatically create a watermarked copy of your image during the upload process. The watermarked version of your photo will be used on your site, not only preventing visitors from being able to get your unprotected images using a screen capture, while also providing an elegant to add branding to all of your images.

Once selected, you can specify the alignment of your watermark image, set the opacity of the image, and upload the image itself.

ProPhoto Protection: Custom Watermarks

Please note, none of these methods are foolproof, only strong deterrents. Someone with enough computer/internet savvy could get into the source code and track down the original image (without the watermark) on your server. So, if you don’t want any way for your images to be stolen, you probably will want to watermark them before uploading, or not post them at all. This protection does though prevent a vast majority of your visitors from being able to access your images.-/-

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