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Article: Disabling right-click, a waste of effort

Blogged by: Kitty on Monday, May 02, 2011  
Commentators: Anonymous Chazz, Blogger lazy daisy, Blogger Marlitza,
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It surprises me that a lot of website owners out there still practises no right-clicking on their websites. I honestly thought this practice have died out or at least, significantly reduced. Apparently not so.

So anyway, what is this argument about disabling right-click? Let's take the journey from the beginning.

A couple of years ago, many website owners embraced a Javascript script that allows a website owner to disable visitors who the visit the website from clicking the right-side button of the mouse (hence the term right-click). Majority the argument is to prevent visitors from stealing the content (source code, images, text, etc.) of the website by inserting the Javascript snippet into the page. And many thought this is a fail-safe protection. Wrong. While the method may frustrate and stop the non-web savvy people, it definitely does not stop those who are more technically adept.

To cut the story short, the disable right-click script can be defeated in a couple of ways.

Method 1
If you are using Google Chrome, the quickest way to defeat it is by pressing CTRL+U on your keyboard. A window will pop-up which displays the entire source code of your webpage. A similar method can be employed on other browsers. A visitor can click on the Tools on the browser toolbar menu and click on the View source link.

Method 2
Visitors can save your pages to view them later. So even they are not connected to the internet, they can still view your page source.

Method 3
By simply switching off Javascript in the browser will render your little Javascript codes useless. Tadaa!

In certain circumstances, a website owner may want to protect the contents of the website. After all, it is a concern to any website owners about the security of their work. However, resorting to disabling right-click is not a wise option. You could try watermarking your images, or submitting your work for copyright protections.

By disabling right-click you actually reduce the user experience of your visitors and definitely piss them off. It also shows the level of your maturity and there is no sense of trust between you and your visitors.

It is amusing that people thought they could protect the webpage source codes by scaring people with threats that sound like this:
"Don't steal or I'll rip out your eyes". Not only this sounds childish (and I'd like to see you come over to my place and rip my eyes off their sockets, for which you will commit a crime), you are making a fool of yourself.

Whenever I come across sites that employ no right-click, especially the ones that come with pop-up boxes that say things like "No stealing!" or "Right-click is prohibited", they actually tempt me to break into their source codes, take pictures of it and throw them into the owners' faces, "Take that, you silly git".

Some months ago, I replied to a thread on a message board. The first poster posted up a tutorial on how to disable right-click. I pointed out how useless it is. The response I got for saying this was interesting. Someone replied,"


hey, she's just trying to help. if you don't find this useful, then don't open it kay.

Stupid response.

Let me make this clear. First of all, a tutorial is supposed to help out by giving a solution that actually WORKS (without flaw preferably). So how is providing a tutorial that isn't going to accomplish the job going to help anybody?

Secondly, the reason why I open the page in the first place is to point out to people so they would be aware of the truth before jumping to conclusion that this script is going to solve their problem.

In short, if you're too paranoid about people stealing your stuff, don't put it on the internet.

After reading this article, ask yourself this question: Is it worth adding that extra snippet of codes that is not even useful?

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mann, you speak my mind! so funny and most of the no-right click sites these days are.... those who actually stole the coding from somewhere else.. look at blogskins... so many new skinners but not many are of good quality.. indeed, a tutorial supposed to help people and a worthy one too~

ohhhhhh my god, I TOTALLY agree with this! it's useless, and sometimes I REALLY do need to use the right-click when I can't -_- and also, this doesn't necessarily prevent others from "stealing" content from someone's site. there's so many more ways, and it's just a waste of time for the owner to go out there & search for this script.

I agree! But now, many bloggers disabled right click, typing, dragging images, and even highlight!

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Article: Disabling right-click, a waste of effort

Blogged by: Kitty on Monday, May 02, 2011  
Commentators: Anonymous Chazz, Blogger lazy daisy, Blogger Marlitza,
Facebook comments: comments

It surprises me that a lot of website owners out there still practises no right-clicking on their websites. I honestly thought this practice have died out or at least, significantly reduced. Apparently not so.

So anyway, what is this argument about disabling right-click? Let's take the journey from the beginning.

A couple of years ago, many website owners embraced a Javascript script that allows a website owner to disable visitors who the visit the website from clicking the right-side button of the mouse (hence the term right-click). Majority the argument is to prevent visitors from stealing the content (source code, images, text, etc.) of the website by inserting the Javascript snippet into the page. And many thought this is a fail-safe protection. Wrong. While the method may frustrate and stop the non-web savvy people, it definitely does not stop those who are more technically adept.

To cut the story short, the disable right-click script can be defeated in a couple of ways.

Method 1
If you are using Google Chrome, the quickest way to defeat it is by pressing CTRL+U on your keyboard. A window will pop-up which displays the entire source code of your webpage. A similar method can be employed on other browsers. A visitor can click on the Tools on the browser toolbar menu and click on the View source link.

Method 2
Visitors can save your pages to view them later. So even they are not connected to the internet, they can still view your page source.

Method 3
By simply switching off Javascript in the browser will render your little Javascript codes useless. Tadaa!

In certain circumstances, a website owner may want to protect the contents of the website. After all, it is a concern to any website owners about the security of their work. However, resorting to disabling right-click is not a wise option. You could try watermarking your images, or submitting your work for copyright protections.

By disabling right-click you actually reduce the user experience of your visitors and definitely piss them off. It also shows the level of your maturity and there is no sense of trust between you and your visitors.

It is amusing that people thought they could protect the webpage source codes by scaring people with threats that sound like this:
"Don't steal or I'll rip out your eyes". Not only this sounds childish (and I'd like to see you come over to my place and rip my eyes off their sockets, for which you will commit a crime), you are making a fool of yourself.

Whenever I come across sites that employ no right-click, especially the ones that come with pop-up boxes that say things like "No stealing!" or "Right-click is prohibited", they actually tempt me to break into their source codes, take pictures of it and throw them into the owners' faces, "Take that, you silly git".

Some months ago, I replied to a thread on a message board. The first poster posted up a tutorial on how to disable right-click. I pointed out how useless it is. The response I got for saying this was interesting. Someone replied,"


hey, she's just trying to help. if you don't find this useful, then don't open it kay.

Stupid response.

Let me make this clear. First of all, a tutorial is supposed to help out by giving a solution that actually WORKS (without flaw preferably). So how is providing a tutorial that isn't going to accomplish the job going to help anybody?

Secondly, the reason why I open the page in the first place is to point out to people so they would be aware of the truth before jumping to conclusion that this script is going to solve their problem.

In short, if you're too paranoid about people stealing your stuff, don't put it on the internet.

After reading this article, ask yourself this question: Is it worth adding that extra snippet of codes that is not even useful?

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Comments to Article: Disabling right-click, a waste of effort:


mann, you speak my mind! so funny and most of the no-right click sites these days are.... those who actually stole the coding from somewhere else.. look at blogskins... so many new skinners but not many are of good quality.. indeed, a tutorial supposed to help people and a worthy one too~

ohhhhhh my god, I TOTALLY agree with this! it's useless, and sometimes I REALLY do need to use the right-click when I can't -_- and also, this doesn't necessarily prevent others from "stealing" content from someone's site. there's so many more ways, and it's just a waste of time for the owner to go out there & search for this script.

I agree! But now, many bloggers disabled right click, typing, dragging images, and even highlight!

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