Want To Protect Your Website? Follow The Encryption Security Tips Below To Secure Your Website
The key to copy protection is encryption, because without it digital data and media is an open book. Some say that is how the Internet should be and that all information should be free to everyone. But unfortunately, while that argument may suit those who wish to gain from the efforts of others for free, those performing that development and research would have no means of recouping their research time and costs.
There is little difference between building equipment and developing digital media. Both require a workplace, business registration, licenses, workforce and sales outlets. Both have overheads and costs and unless one has government or sponsor assisted funding, sales need to be made to pay the bills and maintain production.
Virtual businesses are a reality of today and for them to continue they need to protect their livelihood. That is where encryption becomes the key, because with encryption, the goods can be locked and control maintained to allow trial demonstrations for the purpose of evaluation that can lead to an eventual sale and remuneration. Thanks to encryption, software, Internet services, online tuition and entertainment can be demonstrated, sold or leased, and returned or expired at the end of contracts, or recalled for upgrade and so forth.
How can encryption be used to secure the livelihood provided by your website?
Let us start by looking at where encryption can be used. Today all websites utilize encryption because if they didn't, the Internet would be a sewage farm. When the Internet was young too much mission critical information and data was not encrypted, leaving everything connected to the Internet exposed to exploit. Databases could be downloaded and mined for passwords, personal information and credit card details.
In fact even in light of all of credit card fraud being widely publicized, careless web designers were still storing client data in databases that were neither secured properly nor encrypted. Storing credit card details used in online sales is a prime target for hackers, and vendors need to get out of that habit even if those details are for recurring billing. Better to leave recurring billing to third party resources like PayPal than ruin one's business reputation.
Where else is encryption useful on your website? Well if you are selling digital goods and services of any kind, as mentioned earlier, encryption can be used to present time or feature limited examples prior to purchase. Access to online information services delivered via web pages can be encrypted so that their content is securely protected from theft and plagiarization while stored on the web server. Web pages, images and video can be stored as encrypted files that can be decrypted and displayed online in a web browser after the owner's conditions are met. Those conditions can be based on web browser user-agent, IP address, MAC address, member login, computer identification or time constraint.
Most online businesses have been using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) cryptology (encryption) to secure data from point to point. Unfortunately the hackers have been busy and although SSL has been revised to keep ahead as exploits have been found, SSL is now no longer recommended and TLS is the recommended protocol. TLS can secure data between server and user to prevent it from being intercepted, but once it arrives at its destination and while viewed in the user's web browser, it is no longer protected. That means that any web browser that supports TLS, which is all of them, can read and display the data and media.
That is where website copy protection software like the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) becomes invaluable, because the data and media sent from the web server to the user's web browser is further secured by an additional layer of encryption that is not decipherable by any web browser other than the ArtisBrowser. The ArtisBrowser, unlike normal web browsers has been especially designed to protect data and media from all avenues of exploit including save, print, copy by PrintScreen and screen capture, and extraction from browser cache and memory.
ArtistScope was the pioneer of copy protection for the Internet, developing the first image encryption software for online viewing and today provides the most secure encryption software for all media. But ASPS takes copy protection to level far beyond all other website protection solutions. The secure tunnel between ASPS on a web server and the user's ArtisBrowser is more secure than ever imagined. When using ASPS site owner's no longer have to encrypt media to protect it, enabling the use of all types of raw media stored as their original source, but most securely copy protected in every way.
Videos are a commonly used media for entertainment and education, and their file sizes can be enormous. Full length feature files can be 300 MB and much more depending on their resolution and quality. But viewing any media online usually requires that the file be downloaded before it can be displayed. However with video, buffering can be used to download and play in chunks, so that the video can start playing almost as soon as the start button is clicked. Most media servers use buffering and also adjust video quality to suit the viewer's download capacity. But with today's faster Internet speeds, buffered video can be delivered from virtually any web service.
Because ASPS copy protects unencrypted video files while they are being played, site owners can now use any video with any embedded player at their disposal. That means that if using a CMS like WordPress or Moodle, that one has the choice of using any one of the many different video plugins that are available. Otherwise a few lines of code can be added to any web page for the modern HTML5 video player. Also, those videos can be hosted anywhere including Vimeo. The only proviso with any embedded player is that fullscreen and save options need to be removed from the tool bar.
ASPS software requires installation at server level so a dedicated or virtual server is needed. Otherwise one of the CopySafe solutions can be used on shared hosting sites. Any documents that require special reading support like Microsoft Office files can be converted to PDF and embedded on web pages using CopySafe PDF Protection software. Embedded PDF is the only media not safe from download due to Adobe Reader toolbar features. But CopySafe PDF security software can be used to encrypt and domain lock the PDF document to the website. Adobe Reader and other generic PDF readers cannot open CopySafe PDF files, ensuring that they can only be read online via the ArtisBrowser from your website only.
Author: William Kent
Date: 12th August 2020
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