Ajay left a message in my IM two days ago asking how to disable right-click on her blog. I replied that it wasn’t a solution to the problem. Could be a deterrent but at the end of the day it’s still easy to copy your content and pictures.
To me, disabling right-click could be doing more harm than good to your blog:
- Prevents “Open link in new tab” for Firefox/Flock users like me. And I use that a lot.
- Highlight and search. If you’re not familiar with this in Firefox/Flock, you can highlight a word or a term, right-click and a “Search this in… Google” option will appear.
- Quoting your blog entry. While Ctrl+C is the common copy command, most people I know still use the Right-Click technique.
So what’s a good alternative? Watermarked pictures. Yes, people will still get your photos without credits but with watermarks, you’ve already done that for them. A simple URL overlay on the photos you publish online can do the trick.
There are other ways too to prevent image hotlinking but that’s another thing for next time…