ArtistScope Web Site Protection System

ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS)

Copy protect web siteThe ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) provides the most robust and most secure site security and copy protection for all web page media, safe from all copy including screen capture, download, scraping, etc. In fact ASPS provides the most secure solution for data security and the prevention of data loss and plagiarism. When used with SSL it is even safe from packet sniffers where nothing can be extracted from browser cache or memory. ASPS can convert any web site to a secure web site, ideal for private information kiosks, corporate data and online courses.

How ASPS Keeps Your Website Secure

An ASPS server filter is installed on the web server (Apache or Windows) to deliver encrypted web pages when a link is requested by the ArtisBrowser. Web pages to be protected by ASPS are identified by meta-tags so if a normal web browser requests an ASPS page all it gets is an error message about requiring the ArtisBrowser. If the ArtisBrowser requests the page then it is delivered in encrypted form that only the ArtisBrowser can decode and display.

While an ASPS web page is displayed in the ArtisBrowser its HTML and media cannot be copied or exploited in any way and your website secure.

ASPS Site Security Features

All media displayed on an ASPS web page can be copy protected except PDF (see below*). Any web page or section within your website can be nominated for ASPS protection while other pages can be delivered as  usual, enabling your website to deliver any combination of protected pages and normal pages that can still be optimized for search engines and  SEO.

  • Prevent all copy, save, PrintScreen and screen capture.
  • Use SSL to extend protection from data miners and packet sniffers.
  • Media links cannot be obtained by scraping or view of page source.
  • No right click menus or status bar indication of hyperlinks.
  • Content is not retrievable from browser cache or memory.
  • Downloaded data is safe from packet-sniffers when SSL is used.
  • Data cannot be extracted from browser cache or memory.
  • Can be used on Apache and Windows web servers.
  • Delivers any type of web page that can be viewed by a web browser.
  • Control browser window size or kiosk mode per individual page.
  • Control print and copy protection per individual page.
  • Identify users by their unique Computer ID for DRM management.

* Normal PDF uses Adobe Reader and it cannot be protected while embedded on a web page because Adobe Reader now provides options in its toolbar for save/print that cannot be disabled. To securely copy protect PDF displayed on web pages you need to use CopySafe PDF which is compatible with ASPS and supported by ArtisBrowser.

Who Benefits The Most By Using ASPS?

Anyone who can afford the extra cost of a virtual web server. ASPS provides the most secure copy protection for all web page media (except normal PDF) that cannot be copied or exploited in any way, short of taking a photograph of the computer monitor itself. Data and media cannot be extracted from the web page and when SSL is used packet sniffing yields nothing of any use. In fact media and data cannot be extracted or retrieved even from the browser cache or memory. Copy protection for web data and media cannot get better than with the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS).

Server Requirements

First and foremost, a dedicated or virtual web server is required to have the permission to install software at system level. The ASPS server software is a HTTP filter that can be installed on both Linux (Apache) and Windows servers. Installation is always performed by ArtistScope to ensure that the filter module is suited to the server OS version and that it is properly licensed for the intended web site/s. Administrator access will be required to perform installation via a Remote Desktop Connection or TeamViewer. Self install is not an option.

If you do not have access to a dedicated or virtual server you will need to upgrade to use ASPS. These days virtual servers can be most economical with some webhosts renting them from $10/month.

Otherwise, as an alternative, you can use CopySafe Web which will run from any web page anywhere. CopySafe Web is not as secure as ASPS but it does provide screen capture protection for the web page while on display and it does provide security for images stored on the web server, even from your webmaster.

ASPS Site Protection Online Demos

To review and evaluate the effect of ASPS protection on various types of web site that use CMS, the following demo sites are available. To prevent direct linking and only allow access via the ASPS mirror, you can use one of our Check Referrer plugins for DNN, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, or WordPress that greatly simplify the task.

Drupal module for ASPS Tag Management Drupal Demo Site Visit Now
Joomla extension for ASPS Tag Management Joomla Demo Site Visit Now
Moodle plugin for ASPS Tag Management Moodle Demo Site Visit Now
WordPress plugin for ASPS Tag Management WordPress Demo Site Visit Now

Note: Our ASPS mirror will scrape and adjust your CSS and JavaScript links but it cannot adjust the link in a login web form. So for evaluation purposes, it will be best to avoid testing pages that require a login. Otherwise your test page will redirect to the normal (unprotected) version of your login page which will be outside of the realm of the ASPS mirror.

14 day Free Trial of ASPS Site Protection

Our ASPS Mirror is most unique in that it can retrieve and deliver your web pages for review in the ArtisBrowser. Almost any type of web site can be mirrored and copy protected including Facebook pages. However the mirror can only server as a demo for how ASPS can work, and unless you have admin privileges on the site to add some code to prevent direct linking, the same pages will still be accessible via normal links from normal web browsers.

Click to view your website through our ASPS Mirror (14 day free trial).

To prevent direct linking and only allow access via the ASPS mirror, you can use one of our Check Referrer plugins for DNN, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, or WordPress that greatly simplify the task. 

ASPS Site Protection Tutorial Videos

ASPS Meta-Tag Management Plugins

The selection of web pages that you want to protect and the copy protection settings to apply to those pages is governed by meta-tags that you can add. However that task is very much simplified by using a plugin for your CMS that can add your ASPS meta-tag selection to existing web pages on the fly and nominated which pages for your secure web site are to be protected without editing those pages directly. Our ASPS Tag Management plugin is available for DNN, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle and WordPress websites.

ASPS Tag Management Settings

DNN Extension for ASPS Tag Management DNN  Extension Download 153 Kb 
Drupal module for ASPS Tag Management Drupal Module Download  133 Kb 
Joomla extension for ASPS Tag Management Joomla Extension Download  226 Kb 
Moodle plugin for ASPS Tag Management Moodle Plugin Download  78 Kb 
WordPress plugin for ASPS Tag Management WordPress Plugin Download  161 Kb 

These add-ons will install into their CMS like any other site add-on.

Download the ArtisBrowser

The ArtisBrowser is required to view copy protected web sites because as of late 2015 all popular web browsers dropped support for real plugins (NPAPI) in favor of simple apps based on nothing more than HTML and JavaScript. The ArtisBrowser looks and feels like a normal web browser except that, when it detects CopySafe or ASPS web content, it goes into "copy protection mode".

ArtisBrowser : Version 27.9.5

Windows installer for ArtisBrowser   Windows 32-bit and 64-bit   59 Mb   Download 

The ArtisBrowser can be used for any type of web site or web application regardless of the programming language used.

Check-Referrer Add-ons for the ASPS Mirror

These add-ons are for use with the ASPS Mirror only, to prevent direct linking to your test page/s:

Drupal module for Check-Referrer Drupal Module Download  48 Kb 
Joomla extension for Check-Referrer Joomla Extension Download  48 Kb 
Moodle plugin for Check-Referrer Moodle Plugin Download  48 Kb 
WordPress plugin for Check-Referrer WordPress Plugin Download  48 Kb 

* Click to view the WordPress Tutorial video on YouTube.

Purchase ASPS Server Software

Administrator rights to a dedicated or virtual server is required for ArtistScope to install this solution. ASPS software is supported on all Apache and Windows servers. Licensing is a one-time purchase per server and can include all aliases and sub-domains of a domain if they are hosted on the same server.

ASPS Server Software  Licensing per server   $495 
Installation  Installed by ArtistScope   free 

Frequent Questions and Answers

  • Does ASPS include DRM features like with CopySafe PDF?

    No. Most web sites today use a CMS like Drupal or WordPress to manage user accounts and logins. So it is best to use those existing features, use a custom add-on or modify the user management system already in place. Any CMS can be modified to cater for unique Computer ID by adding a few lines of code and an extra field in the user table. Then logins can record/check the unique computer ID provided by the ArtistScope web browser.

  • Can ASPS web pages be searched via Google?

    No. Only the ArtistScope web browser can decode and read ASPS web page content. This is by design as copy protected content needs to remain impenetrable.

  • How does download speed compare with normal content?

    Apart from the fact that content is not cached, download speed will be the same for any first visit to a normal web page. The system has been designed and tested for high volume traffic with no apparent loss of performance or extra demand on a web server.

  • Can our own developers install this web security solution?

    No. When installed by ArtistScope the server licensing is guaranteed to work and the selection of server filter guaranteed to work for your server type. For example Apache can come in many different flavors and the various control panels installed by web hosts can alter their configuration. So when the ArtistScope team installs the filter, if an odd/new server distribution/configuration is encountered, our team can rebuild the filter software to suit and thus ensure that your web security solution is ready to use.

  • Our corporate network uses Firefox or IE. Can these browsers be used?

    No. As of late 2015 all popular web browsers dropped support for real browser plugins making it impossible for them to interact at system level which is where copy protection and unique user identification needs to be applied. Only the ArtisBrowser still supports such interaction and only the ArtisBrowser can decrypt ASPS web pages.

  • Which programming languages are supported by ASPS?

    All of them. The ASPS filter encrypts and delivers the final web page, which is the HTML already assembled by your server side code. So it doesn't matter if your site uses ASP.Net, PHP, Ruby or beetle juice to create your web pages.

  • Can the ArtisBrowser be used on a terminal server?

    No. This is not recommended at all because if a user on the same server visits a protected page SQL server functions will stop. ASPS server software can be used on any server, but use of the ArtisBrowser to visit that content must done from a separate server, computer or virtual partition.

  • My site uses custom coding so how can I use the CMS check-referrer modules?

    Check-referrer modules are provided for most popular CMS because the webmasters for those sites are usually are not web savvy. If you are using a custom coded site then your developer can easily create the code to do the same job. The basic requirement is to refuse access to select (protected) pages from all domain/IP addresses except requests from the ASPS mirror server.

  • How can I view test my protected web pages?

    With ASPS Protected Hosting as the administrator you can be exempt from the ArtisBrowser requirement, enabling you to debug and view source using another browser or tool of your choice. With ASPS server software the code that you add to the start of your pages (before the HTML) can provide the option of exempting you by login or IP address.

  • Can I test the ASPS website protection on my server before purchase?

    No. ASPS website protection requires software to be installed at server level by our support team. However all that you need to know prior to purchase can be evaluated from the demos that we have provided for most popular CMS such as Drupal, Joomla, Moodle and WordPress. But if your management cannot believe what they see there and still insist on seeing your website secured, a special ASPS Protected Mirror can be used to scrape your website and deliver via our ASPS server. But please keep in mind that such scraping alters the links to JavaScript and CSS style sheets that may break its design theme... that would not happen if ASPS was delivering your website protection directly from your site.

  • Can the ArtisBrowser be used on all devices and OS such as phones?

    No. Windows is required. However Mac users can install the ArtisBrowser by running Windows in a Parallels partition.

  • Are there plans to extend ArtisBrowser support to other OS?

    Not possible. All non-Windows OS are useless for real copy protection because they cannot prevent copy at system level. Nor can they reliably identify the user's machine to properly enforce DRM. They are for all intents and purposes, "amusement devices for the masses" and any author publishing their intellectual property for such devices does so at their own peril.

  • What are the alternatives for a secure a web site?

    Nothing that compares. CopySafe Web can be used on any web page (dedicated/virtual server not required) but its copy protection only applies to a web page's display, whereas ASPS secures all avenues for exploit by preventing view of the page's HTML, preventing browser cache and memory extraction, and encrypting data sent between ASPS web site and browser using military grade encryption. As for other site protection solutions, no support can be provided by normal web browsers so without the ArtisBrowser they are useless for preventing copy or delivering encrypted data to properly secure a web site.