Protect Your Online Content from Theft in 4 Easy Steps

Protecting your content online is becoming a bigger and bigger concern as the Internet’s “sharing culture”-attitude continues to grow with popular social media platforms whose user-generated content are based around sharing online content. Previously, we shared with you five basic tips for safeguarding your content online and off. In this blog post, we will share with you how to protect your online content from theft in four easy-to-follow steps:

Step 1: Get a Creative Commons License

Getting a creative commons license for your work is simple. Once you’re on the Creative Commons website, click Choose a License from the License section of the homepage. The website then lets you select your license features, which license type you want, as well as a section that once you fill it out will help others easily attribute works to you.

Step 2: Incorporate the CC Logo on Every Page of Content

The “Choose a License” page of the Creative Commons website also has a section for people who have a web page. All you have to do is copy the code in the text box, and insert the icon onto each page of your website. This will prevent people for pretending they did not know your work was under a Creative Commons license.

Step 3: Include Watermarks in Images You Create

Images are some of the most popular content on the Internet today. Whether you take a picture with your camera or create an image on your computer, once you post that photo or image online, it’s fairly easy for anyone to save the picture and publish as their own. Including a watermark in the images you create will help deter people from stealing your images and easily making them their own.

Step 4: Use Tools to Locate Your Content Elsewhere Online

Even if you follow steps 1–3 fully, there are still ways in which people can and will steal your work. And so, to make sure your content can’t be found elsewhere online, there are a few online tools you can use to search the Internet for plagiarized content.

The truth is, the Internet is a space that was made for sharing content (with or without the author’s permission). Being diligent when it comes to knowing where your content is online at all times will be the only way you can make sure that your content isn’t being stolen online. To skip these steps and share content privately online, check out the TappIn Professional Edition 30 day free trial.


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