Browser Security vs Secure Web Browser
Generally, when people talk about secure web browsers, they are referring to a web browser's resistance to exploits and
commands that can compromise a computer. But when we start talking about security for web site content,
one finds that popular web browsers are virtually incapable of
protecting any web content from copy, plagiarism and
Popular web browsers are designed to exploit web content
There are no options omitted when it comes to providing
the means and methods for copying and saving all types of files
used on the web. To make their browsers as appealing as
possible, browser designers have empowered the user to copy,
print and save anything on a web page and just in case
they cannot click to save it directly, there are options to
download everything on the page with one click of the mouse.
Copy protecting web content in popular browsers
While it is possible to restrict copying in popular web
browsers, the situation is far from ideal as it becomes
virtually impossible to prevent access from every possible
angle. The usual options for copy and save are:
Most of these options can also be activated by using hotkeys such as "Ctrl C" for copy to the clipboard and so on.
One naive method for preventing copy involves the disabling of
the mouse right-click menus, but even without mouse-click the
user still has plenty of options at their disposal via the
keyboard. But even after disabling all
of the options, the page is still at the mercy of screen capture
software and cache retrieval.
- Right mouse click to "save as".
- Browser menu option for saving the page with all embedded
- Right mouse click to save the page with all embedded media.
- Highlighting by mouse select and copy-and-paste to the
- Click select by mouse and drag-and-drop to the desktop.
- Right mouse click to send to a printer or file driver for
- Browser menu option for sending to printer or file
- Right mouse click to send attached to an email.
- Browser menu option for sending as an email attachment.
- Using Ctrl C or Print Screen to create a screenshot of the
- Using screen capture software and recorders to copy pages
- Locating the download resource of media from view of source
- Using site and file grabbers to download media linked from a
- Using file grabbers to retrieve media from web browser
- Packet-sniffing to intercept page resources and passwords.
As copy protection developers and site owners have become more
adept at preventing copy, others have been busy developing ways
to exploit it. For example site grabbers and movie downloaders
can spider a web page like search engines to
build indexes of files to download. Such downloaders
can target specified file types and collect every one of them
from your website. Other downloaders utilize the cache
(temporary internet files folder) used by your web browser so
all a user has to do is visit the page.
In theory, web page encryption should prevent the location of
files linked from a page, but it does not. In fact
useless because the web browser finds the decryption
key in the very source that it is supposed to be protected. To
display the web page, the web browser needs to decrypt it and
once decrypted you are back at square one with the
unprotected page on display with all of its HTML and source code
which is also readily available from browser
Limitations and requirements
Contrary to what some "copy protect" developers claim, it is
impossible to prevent copy using client side scripting such as
plugin (by installing a custom software) that interacts with the computer at system level system
and "client-side" scripting does not nor ever will have the
permissions to operate at that level. Anyone making claims to
the contrary is preying on the user's and possibly their own
Today we have many different operating systems (OS), all of
which fall into distinct family types such as Windows, Linux,
Android, MacOS, etc. So designing a copy protection solution
becomes most difficult and while it might be possible to provide
plugins for all of these OS, in reality it is impossible because
most either cannot support proper copy protection or are too
unstable to survive a rollout, ie: by the time your user
upgrades to the latest update that OS will more than likely be
In this day and age web browsers are no longer conservative.
They no longer beta-test new versions before releasing them and
one only has to look at Firefox and Chrome version numbers to
realize that. In the world of software development, incrementing
a minor version number (the last digit) means a minor revision
that will be compatible with earlier versions. But incrementing
the major version number (the first number) means a major
revision and that it will not be compatible with earlier
versions. The Firefox web browser was version 3 for many years
and recently starting incrementing major version numbers every
1-3 months. At the time of writing this version 22 is the
current web browser. Chrome is the same and as Firefox is funded
mainly by Google, it is Google developers that control what
happens with Firefox. Needless to say, both of those web
browsers are exploited to the max; designed to exploit the
user's privacy, support for Google search and apps and with
absolutely no respect or consideration given to Copyright or
To be popular, web browsers are designed to make it easy for
users to exploit the web.
Securing web page content in popular web browsers
There is no solution that will adequately protect content that
can be used with all operating systems. Yes, there are solutions
available for all OS but they have so many holes and they can be so
easily exploited that you may as well not use protection. For
example, how can anything be considered as being "protected"
when all it takes is a click of the Print Screen button to
capture an image of the whole page or part thereof?
However there are worthwhile solutions for Windows computers.
ArtistScope, the founder of copy protection for the Internet and
leading developer of DRM since 1998, provides the most secure
copy protect solutions that are supported across all Windows versions since XP, 92% of all
Internet users are supported. The remaining 8% is a mixture of
OS, 2% of which are comprised of search engines and media
The ArtistScope web browser plugin
ArtistScope provides a CopySafe Service that is second to
none when it comes to preventing copy from all methods including
Print Screen and screen capture. CopySafe Web was first released
in 1999 and it is supported on all Windows computers. Site
visitors can use their favorite web browser and to view
protected web pages, they can download and install
the plugin just like they would when encountering Flash for the
Using CopySafe Web on your web pages
CopySafe Web is the most secure solution for displaying
encrypted images and it is the encrypted image that activates
the CopySafe plugin when it loads. Consequently any web page can
be protected by simply adding a small CopySafe encrypted image
and any media displayed on that page will also be protected. To
apply CopySafe to a web page all one needs to do is add a few
lines of HTML.
CopySafe is compatible with all types of web applications
CopySafe Web can be added to any web page regardless of which
programming language is used for the page. If you are
using a CMS and/or have limited HTML skills, ArtistScope
provides a variety of free modules for integrating CopySafe Web
with most popular CMS solutions:
Secure web browser vs web browser plugin
The ideal solution for copy protecting web content is by not
using any of the popular web browsers at all, but instead using
a web browser that is specially designed to protect the content
that it displays. Such a web browser needs to display generic
web pages and media but without providing any options that can be
used to save, print and copy the page or download any
media displayed on that page.
Today there are a few custom web browsers available that claim
to satisfy these requirements. Some are merely reskinned IE
engines that still expose browser cache and some others have
been designed to restrict some save and copy options. But the
mistake that most custom browser developers are making is that they
are trying to support all operating systems (OS) and that is where
they fail because proper copy protection is not possible on
Mac and Linux based OS.
Why undermine web security for the sake of 5% of users?
Although Mac users may disagree (because they tend to use sites
recommended by other Mac users) usage logs from typical web
sites indicate that Windows users make up for about 92% of their
visitors. Of that remaining 8% only 5% are Mac users with the rest are made up of
odd OS, search engines and
So for the sake of 5% of your site's visitors, why settle for a
web browser that cannot be secure and cannot protect your media
from piracy and plagiarism. Is that the business model that you
want to invest in?
The most secure web browser
There is only one web browser that is safe from all methods and
copy and save, and it is supported on all Windows OS since XP.
Unlike pretentious "secure" browsers, the
ASPS Web Reader provides:
Even when the page and media is on display in the web browser,
nothing can be copied in any way... that is, without using a
camera to take a photograph of the computer screen. The ASPS Web
Reader, short for
ArtistScope Site Protection System, is the most secure
web browser and the only web browser that can
effectively protect web page and media from all methods of copy
- Creates a secure tunnel between the web server and the
- Safe from packet sniffers even without the use of SSL.
- Web pages cannot be viewed by any other browser or
- Embedded media resources cannot be located in page source
- No content or code can be retrieved from web browser cache.
- All media is safe from file grabbers and downloaders.
- Protects all media without requiring that media to be
- Pages cannot be printed unless allowed by the
- Pages cannot be copied by using Print Screen to take a
- Pages and video cannot be screen recorded or captured.
- Absolutely no options for copy and save.
The ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS)
ASPS is not just a web browser. Instead it is a server to
browser solution that has been designed from end-to-end with
copy protection in mind. Web pages assigned for use by the ASPS
Web Reader are delivered in encrypted format from the server and
they can only be decrypted by the ASPS Web Reader, thus creating
a most secure tunnel between your site and your visitor.
Intercepting this page is useless as it cannot be deciphered
except by ASPS and it cannot be hacked.
ASPS is supported on all types of web servers
The ASPS filter can be installed on all Windows
servers/computers running IIS since XP and all Linux servers.
ASPS is supported in all types of CMS and web applications
ASPS encryption does not affect the web application or
programming language used to create web pages because it
encrypts and delivers the page after it has been assembled by
the server. So it doesn't matter if your website is based on
Sharepoint, PHP, ASP.Net, Classic ASP or good old static HTML.
Consequently any and all CMS applications like DotNetNuke,
Drupal, Joomla, Moodle and WordPress can be run from a ASPS
Preparing a website for ASPS
No special treatment like encryption or conversion is required
as the only preparation required is to add a line of HTML before
the page's DOCTYPE statement. So to protect pages you add this
tag and any pages not including that tag will not be protected
and redirected to open in the user's default web browser. This
way you can create doorway pages and leave sections of your site
accessible to normal browsers and then most securely protect
only those sections or pages that are critical to your mission.
Downloading and evaluating ASPS
The ASPS Web Reader can be
downloaded from their demo site. After download, simply
follow the links for "Guided Tour' to explore a variety of
different media that can be protected by ASPS.
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