To copy protect PDF or use image protect software on websites, the copy protection solution has to not only cater for all popular web browsers, but also control the features available from those browsers for copy, print, save and download. Keeping abreast of the frequent changes to web browsers and the some of the most radical changes to computer operating systems has been unending task.
In the early days of copy protection, web browsers were very much less sophisticated and merely provided what was needed to reach a web site and explore its hyperlinks. After all, that was all that they were needed for. But as more brands of web browser appeared and the "web browser war" began to be the most popular browser, new features were developed and all browsers followed suit. New options for "downloading a web page complete with all media" was one feature that affected most copy protection solutions.
Securing PDF and images displayed on web pages has never been easy and new solutions released one day are soon rendered useless by the ever changing Internet climate. Consequently new players in the copy protection industry appear, inundate the web with share funded advertising and usually disappear within a couple of years, either because their funding has run out without returning a profit or their solution failed to keep abreast of Internet changes.
Perhaps the biggest problem encountered in securing PDF, images and other media is the fact that the popular web browsers, the ones that clients prefer to see their visitors using, were never designed to support anything except the download and saving of the very media that we in the copy protection industry have been trying to protect.
Dealing with what can be mindless security precautions is par for course. For example Java has recently been restricted for use in web browsers requiring that it authorized by the user to proceed and that the Java applet be code-signed by an approved certificate authority. However the code-signing requirement is ridiculous and impractical because it requires that the applet (.jar file) be code-signed every year. That means that unless the site owner continually updates the jar files on their web site and that the jar provider provides newly signed jar files, then the applet on the web page will be refused to run. Whatever happened to the Java motto of "write once and run forever"? Also, just because an applet is signed using a certificate valid for one year should not mean that the code-signing should only be valid for one year. Whoever dictates these mandates really needs to go back to school or spend some time in the real world as a web site owner or software developer.
But what has been the greatest upset for the whole copy protection industry is that all of the popular web browsers dropped support for real browser plugins making it impossible for any on them to interact at system level which is where copy protection and browser control needs to be actioned. That is, all but one copy protection provider has been affected, ArtistScope.
Today ArtistScope provides the only PDF and image protect software that can be used on web pages that can actually prevent all copy including PrintScreen and screen capture software. The reason for that is because they saw the need for a web browser properly designed for copy protection, and its development has been most timely, because it had been in use for a few years and mission proved already by the time that web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and others left the copy protection industry high and dry.
Purposely designed for use with the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS), the ArtisBrowser provides the most secure copy protection for web pages and web media ever imagined. With ASPS running on the server that hosts the web site, a secure tunnel is created between server and web browser for the secure transmission of data that cannot be intercepted, even with the use of packet sniffers. Even with other copy protect solutions such as Copysafe PDF, Copysafe Video and Copysafe Web, the ArtisBrowser recognizes their encrypted content and switches to copy protect mode for those web pages as well.
So whether you want to copy protect PDF or use image protect software on your web site, the fate of copy protection for your website is now in the best hands and without the chance of making the same old mistake of allowing access to web browsers that will only ever undermine your security policy.
All ArtistScope solutions can be either downloaded for software evaluation or visited online to see how they can work in your favorite CMS such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or Moodle.
Author: William Kent
Date: 19th November 2019
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