September 6, 2012

Protecting your Pictures/Blog

I've had a couple of questions about why I watermark my pictures and why can't people right-click on my blog.  I've done this because I have heard some scary stories of people "stealing" other bloggers pictures and creating their own blogs with someone else's info. Creepy right?

Well, I saw on Facebook today that one of my sorority sisters just discovered a blog using all of her pictures.  This creepy person made up this whole life story and even said that her husband had died. How creepy. 

So here are some tips to hopefully help you.

1) Watermarking Photos
I use PicMonkey each time I blog.  I upload my photos that I will use and use the "text" button to add my blog's name to each picture.  It can be kind of tedious but I feel like it's worth it. I'm sure there are other photo editing sites, but this one is free and it does the job!

2. Disabling the "Right Click"
You know how you can use your computer's mouse to right-click/save other people's pictures? Here is a link of how to disable it from your blog.  I think it's just another good step for protection.

3. Facebook
As far as Facebook, I'm not too sure how you can really protect your pictures. I would just suggest you don't accept "friends" you don't really know.  As a blogger, I get lots of friend requests daily for people I don't know.  I hate to be mean, but I always just delete their request, unless its a good blog friend that I talk with regularly. I would suggest doing the same thing!

Also, random- but today Amber told me that I had "word verification" turned on for my blog comments.You know that annoying thing that pops up when you want to leave a comment? (Type the number and this crazy made up word?)  Derrr.. I had no idea.  So she showed me what to do.

1. Under Settings, click on Posts and Comments
2. Next to where it shows, Word Verification - hit "no".
3. Save Settings

Hope this helps!
I will be back tomorrow with my 35 week pregnancy update! 


Leah said...

Thank you for sharing! I always watermark pictures of the little one and just disabled the right click. Thank you!!!

Mrs. Easton said...

Thanks! I plan on watermarking the kids going fwd. and I disabled the right click. WOW how creepy! Glad she found out what happen, how crazy is that?!

robyn said...

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this information.

Amber said...

35 weeks!!! OMG you are super close!

Mrs. Mommy said...

I've thought about watermarking my pictures, but was annoyed with the extra time it took. I never heard of anyone actually stealing people's pictures, but knew it was possible. I think I'm going to start watermarking. That is too creepy! And I did not know about the right click thing...need to do that too. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Howard said...

Eek! Scary about stealing photos. I do intentially have that word verification box on my blog. Last year a spammer "left a comment" in EVERY SINGLE post I had ever written. It took me hours and hours for days to delete all the comments with horrible links. Ever since then, I've had the verification. I never want to have to go through that again!!

Megan said...

I was wondering how to disable that!! Thanks for sharing!!

I used to watermark and then got lazy, I need to start doing that again!!

Love that we are fb friends mama!! :) Can't believe you are coming up on 35 weeks!!!! Eeek!! So close to meeting your beautiful babies!! Still thinking of you guys! 2 more weeks til the "safe zone" of 37! :)

Sippy Cups and Pearls said...

Thanks for the right click tip! I'll be doing that!

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

I've read stories like that, too! SO disgusting that people sink that low to steal family photos. BLAH! I should probably take measures to keep my photos safe! Hope you are feeling good!! Can't believe it's already 35 weeks!!!!!

Amy said...

Thanks for the tips on the right clicking! 35! 35! 35! S.O. E.X.C.I.T.I.N.G!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this! That is indeed creepy that people actually do this with stealing other's photos and create a completely fake page!

championm2000 said...

Just added the function disable! Thanks for the tip!!

Sara said...

Love all of these tips!! I had no idea about the right clicking.