October 29, 2012

Protecting my pictures

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I've started watermarking my pictures that I post.  See my website on the bottom right?


I've seen other bloggers do this and heard stories about people that had their pictures stolen and used by other people, but I just never took the extra step to do it.  By the way, it's about a 10 second extra step when uploading pictures.  I use Picasa to do it.

So what made me finally decide to do it?  This story.  A Facebook friend posted it about her SIL's niece, who has down syndrome.  Someone took her photos, renamed her and started a Facebook page and got millions of likes.  They claimed it was their daughter.  How freaking pathetic are people?  I just can't imagine, but I know this isn't the only time it's happened.

Another thing I've done to protect my pictures is disable right clicking.  Anyone could right click on my photos and save them to their computer and basically use them for whatever they want.  This is a really important step to protect yourself online.  I should have done it a lot sooner!  Now if they right click, it will say Function Disabled.  If you're interested in how to do this in Blogger, go here.  It's just a html gadget that you need to add in your layout.  Just copy and paste their code into the gadget.  I suggest you all do it!

I know that the weirdos in this world can probably still find a way to get our pictures if they want to.  But at least these two easy steps will make them work a little harder.


8 comments:

  1. I feel so much safer watermarking my photos you never know what kind of weirdos are out there and I cant believe they actually made a page saying it was their child

    I did the function disable thing, another friend gave me a code to use that a pop-up came up but I like this better :)

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  2. I watermark my photos too. I just can't not do it!

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  3. Unfortunately. someone can still steal your photos even if you disable right clicking by using the snipping tool. That is why watermarking your photos is the best way to go!

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  4. Thanks for the fuction disable tool, mine are now protected! I try to watermark my photos but even then if you dont put them in the center of the photos then someone could just crop them out. Even then I am still going to try and be better about it!

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  5. So--I can't ever figure out how to successfully use Picassa. Do you have a tutorial site from them that you would recommend? I always worry about this; I actually considered not posting any pictures of my son on my blog because I was afraid something weird would happen to them!

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  6. You should put it in the center of the pic instead of the edge because they can crop it off! Happened to me with a photo I took :(

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  7. Just FYI, I can still right click in my Google Reader to save your picture (not that I'm going to steal any of your pictures). I agree it's scary to think that those weird people exist out there! Something I'm definitely going to look into once I have a kid.

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  8. I know I"m totally in the minority for this, but I still don't watermark my photos. It's so easy to just "print screen" and crop a photo ...unless you watermark right over their faces. I don't like watermarking faces because then when I print my blog for a book for the girls to keep all the pics are ruined!

    I completely understand why people do it though. I guess for me I figure there are lots of crazies and if someone's life is so pathetic that they want to pretend my kid is theirs so be it---hopefully their pretend kids of mine behave better for them than me or they'll unclaim them pretty fast ;-)

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