How can I protect text on my pages from stealing information

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Is there a way to keep visitors from doing a highlight-copy text from my pages
and pasting it into a word processor on their computer?
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Good question. You can make it more difficult for people but there's really not a way to stop someone who is computer savvy and has the right software. If the text is not important for SEO, reasons, you can save it as an image and import it like an ordinary picture. However even this is not 100 % fool-proof as ICR software is pretty widespread and the image can be copied into this software and converted to editable text.

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Aha! And I was thinking you would someday be taken bodily into heaven. As one who got into computers when Mayflower at the Corporation had an IBM main frame with 16K of RAM (1966) I couldn't find but one way. Don't put stuff on the internet.

Thanks anyway.

Larry
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It also depends on who you intend to read your content. If you intend for it to be viewable by a select group of people that you trust, then there are ways to password protect the pages. But if it's going to be viewable to the entire public then there really isn't a way to stop people. Even if you convert the text to image files, or try to use "no right click" code, people can still easily get the text.

Sorry this isn't the answer you were wanting to hear.

Mike
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I really learn a lot just from reading your posts Mike. Had to jump over and Google ICR software. I'd never heard of it before and all I can say is wow. ~ Thanks for the headsup!
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Glad to help. It's more common that people realize. ICR (or OCR) software is even found on many new computer/scanners. You can lay a printed document on a scanner (one that someone prints from a web page perhaps). Scan the document, and the computer converts it to editable text. So, the general rule is that if it's critical that nobody obtains and alters the text....don't put it on the internet.

Mike

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