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Want to protect a PDF Ebook

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO Tools' started by BonTrade, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. BonTrade

    BonTrade Newbie

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    Hi there,

    What is the best way to protect a PDF Ebook ?

    I want to be able to ensure people can´t share it, print it, screenshot it etc.

    Any ideas gratefully received. I looked at a few services, the best one looks like "LockLizard" but its so damn expensive, 2.5kUSD.

    Guess this is the place to ask, as you may be able to tell me what you "cant crack"... lol. :)

    Thanks to all. Great site.
     
  2. wickedguy

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    So what's the use of the ebook then?
     
  3. wpbacklinks

    wpbacklinks Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    your ebook will be shared for free? that's the owner risk!

    i think you can't protect pdf ebook
     
  4. lewi

    lewi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Best protection i have seen is when the paypal name and email are auto printed to each copy of the ebook upon purchase and download! That then discourages people from sharing it publicly.

    Lewi
     
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  5. alexandraM

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    you would have to write code that checks registration info at a server before it opens or use locklizard and those services but Nothing will prevent copying 100%.

    You don't want to piss off customers with software installs and having to be connected to internet just to read. Just focus on selling the PDF and then creating more, that's what the pros do
     
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  6. thevil

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    There are a couple of programs

    default password protection
    secure-ebook
    file-secure
    locklizard

    The one that prevents screencapture, printing etc... is file-secure pro and locklizard, but if you run it in sandbox, or alter the code to prevent it from hooking into the api, then you can use snagit / screen capture program to copy it, then repaste it into a pdf
     
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  7. BonTrade

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    Thanks. I´ll look at those options, good to have something to compare to locklizard.
     
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    nazareth1983 Registered Member

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    I plan on using virtual vault to protect my E-books its 29.95 per month for unlimited use. The price is decent if you plan on making a fair amount of sales and want to keep your E-book protected.

    Can read more about it here hxxp ebook-security dot com / index dot html
     
  9. MiLiTARYiV

    MiLiTARYiV Senior Member

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    ugh edit and erase it with fox editor..easy. next
     
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    best protection is to give such a value with the ebook that it would be stupid reselling or sharing it
     
  11. Scotiatek

    Scotiatek Junior Member

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    you cannot protect it ;) trust me.

    there is a method that works on anything written and impossible to stop if you know what your doing :) it's easy to really may take an hour if your quick about it
     
  12. problogger99

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    Just use Ejunkie. They have stamp feature which means buyer's email address and transaction no will be stamped on each page of your PDF. This will at least give you some level of safety..

    Don't rely on password security. I have pdf password remover soft that can remove any sorts of protection within second...
     
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  13. david wright

    david wright Regular Member

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    Wait a minute, you're trying to stop people from sharing your book but you post here on BHW? Isn't that an oxymoron? It's like being a member of a nudist colony but trying to stop nudity!
     
  14. Scotiatek

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    I like your comparison.


    on topic for everyone else :
    you CAN NOT 100% fully copy protect any document that can be physically viewed on a monitor

    think about it and how you can replicate text and still image that you can view as an ebook or any format

    it's pretty easy
     
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    You can't protect a PDF by traditional methods.
    There are some tweaks you can do (like integrating the PDF in a .exe and displaying a registration system that connects to a server) but it's not worth it.

    If your ebook is that good that it's going to spread "free" over the internet, than it means thousands of people already bought it and you are rich :)

    So focus on selling, that's the hard part.
     
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    the only way to attempt to stop sharing is if you have enough trust with people to make the pdf an exe and have a phone home every startup....
    at least make it more difficult to share where someone has to crack it...
     
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    I always get this when I tell people that I've been making money online with a .pdf. (via Clickbank) "What if someone steals it? Aren't you worried?"

    I'd only be worried if Clickbank doesn't send me the $6,000 I get from it yearly.

    I have yet to see my product make the rounds online. It's got nothing to do with making money online, SEO or marketing. Most of the people who buy it are "civilians" and have no idea even how to find a copy of it if it WERE available.

    The ONE product that I made that DID relate to online marketing (iMacro training videos) was copied and propagated to all the forums within 3 days of posting it on the WF. (f*ckers) :p
     
  18. dolph

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    I know buy a vault lock it in there and forget the key
     
  19. MikeLac

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    Virtual Vault sucks!

    It has been awhile since I used it. Had many issues with it. Emailed their support several times. Received no response. Worst support that I have ever seen! Also, once you distribute the protected Ebook with Virtual Vault, you would have to keep paying the $29.95 a month in order for your protected Ebooks to work. Once you cancel your subscription, then every one of your customers Ebooks will stop working.

    I have used and recommend Software Passport. siliconrealms dot com.

    With Software Passport, you can lock it to the persons computer.
     
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  20. Scotiatek

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    any on screen text and images can be replicated doesn't matter if it's exe etc. etc.

    NOTHING will protect an ebook if you really want to copy it.

    the less pages the better but it's not hard to do really but you have to put in the effort which most don't