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2is3
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Hi all,

I was wondering what you do to protect your HTML /CSS/images when hosting live demos. Have you run into any problems with this?

Any other tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.

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reidknorr
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It seems that several authors are simply using the honor system, hoping that people will not illegally download their files. However, many authors are taking a few steps to prevent this by “watermarking” their images, or leaving out some elements within the code, making them only available after purchase. Hope this helps.

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jremick
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I’ve been basically using the honor system but I may be looking into a way to better protect the files.

I also have a custom 404 error page on my server that will automatically shoot me an email when people are looking for something that isn’t there on my server. Twice I have gotten several 404 errors from person (not a search engine) that was trying to access quite a few of the images on a theme but spelled a few wrong. It was enough attempts that I blocked their IP address for 48 hours from my server just to be safe.

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twoaz1
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Thanks xmdsys! We’re pretty clueless at this time beyond watermarking but certainly understand that potential buyers want to see a live preview. Your solution sounds promising and will look into this. Maybe we need a new host. Hmm

Thanks :)

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ryan
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Hey guys!

You could choose to use a HTML obfucator, which there are quite a few to choose from.

This one for example (first google hit) turns it into unreadable JavaScript:

http://www.voormedia.com/en/tools/html-obfuscate-scrambler.php

That should annoy most people enough to purchase your file :) Of course they can be reversed but not unless you’re a programmer (or someone has written a reversal tool for a specific obfuscator).

We should probably put that information on the upload help page!

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twoaz1
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Gads!

Thank you ryan! We look forward to digging in!

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