How do you protect download links to a product?

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If you create an ebook product and want to sell it on your website (I'm using WordPress), what is the best way to deliver that content without it being hacked or easily accessed by search engines or others?
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Anyone can buy your product, download it, and then copy it and make it their own.

    There is no way to protect it.

    It's not like it has a PATENT on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve L
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Anyone can buy your product, download it, and then copy it and make it their own.

      There is no way to protect it.

      It's not like it has a PATENT on it.
      This! I know Gumroad will stamp the customer's info on your PDF which helps to deter piracy but at the end of the day people who want to pirate your ebook will. IMO those people would've never bought your ebook to begin with though so you're not out anything there.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    Put it in a directory that is password protected.

    When someone clicks the download link, they will have to first enter a username / password before it will start downloading.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

    Anyone can buy your product, download it, and then copy it and make it their own.

    There is no way to protect it.

    It's not like it has a PATENT on it.

    Protection of data on-site isn't about piracy.

    It's about privacy.
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  • Hi,
    you can disable download option so that no one can download it.

    But, if you want to give these benefits to paid members then you can share paid package for downloading it.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Flm
    You don't (although there are ways like publishing on *.exe).

    Make sure you have a GREAT UPSELL inside the book that
    improves the customer experience and pays you the big bucks.

    I was distributing a program locked in *.exe and automatically
    unlocked after the customer completed the payment.

    0% piracy!
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  • Profile picture of the author yesacpow
    There are a few payment gateways that you can use that stores your product for you instead of on your server. Once your customers purchases the product, you can set how long the product will be available for them to download.



    Some of these gateways also have a custom print on each download. So in the event someone shares your product online, it can be traced back to the original person.


    Some example are: dlguard, paykickstart


    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    There's not much you can do about it.
    Once someone has bought it they can do what they like with it - copy it, put it on doc sharing sites etc.
    It's not worth worrying about to be honest.
    If the content is valuable, you will sell enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinVPhilippe
    Hey !

    Great question.

    I wouldn't worry about it before you're making 6 figures per year.

    Before that, it's like worrying of road-turn miles ahead. Just worry about it when you're on the road-turn or a couple hundreds yards before.

    Worry is energy and if you want to build something, build it before worrying of people stealing it. Trust me, I felt the same way.

    If you build something of value, people will steal. At that point, u'll have enough money to get lawyers or stuff.

    Just don't waste energy thinking about something that might never happen and if it does, u'll learn from it and it wont kill the business.
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  • KevinVPhilippe is correct. This should be a non-issue for anyone who's not at 6-figures yet. Only a tiny percentage of people are gonna proactively try to hack and steal and cheat, and the impact to your overall revenue will be almost zero. Worrying about it at this stage is just one of the things that holds people back from succeeding in the first place. Hit six-figures first, then, if you're still worried about that small percentage, outsource the security problem to someone. HINT: I've been running a multi-6-fig business for 3 years now (Deo gratias) and I'm still not worried about this issue. Are there cockroaches abusing my stuff? Sure. But I'm busy growing my business and living the good life, while all those cockroaches are still broke, dirt poor, dreaming, and sharing things illegally on the blackhat forums. Good for them. They deserve being stuck there.

    Just get your product built, launched, and start growing your business!
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    • Profile picture of the author NetMan
      Originally Posted by KevinVPhilippe View Post

      Hey !

      Great question.

      I wouldn't worry about it before you're making 6 figures per year.

      Before that, it's like worrying of road-turn miles ahead. Just worry about it when you're on the road-turn or a couple hundreds yards before.

      Worry is energy and if you want to build something, build it before worrying of people stealing it. Trust me, I felt the same way.

      If you build something of value, people will steal. At that point, u'll have enough money to get lawyers or stuff.

      Just don't waste energy thinking about something that might never happen and if it does, u'll learn from it and it wont kill the business.
      Originally Posted by Steven of Polonius View Post

      KevinVPhilippe is correct. This should be a non-issue for anyone who's not at 6-figures yet. Only a tiny percentage of people are gonna proactively try to hack and steal and cheat, and the impact to your overall revenue will be almost zero. Worrying about it at this stage is just one of the things that holds people back from succeeding in the first place. Hit six-figures first, then, if you're still worried about that small percentage, outsource the security problem to someone. ...

      Just get your product built, launched, and start growing your business!
      I beg to differ, but I do absolutely NOT agree with what you are saying here. You guys put much emphasis on "worrying" as if she was desperate as to not sleep at night, at least this is how you make her sound.

      She's asking a simple legitimate question anybody creating content, product, web access etc., would be entitled to wonder how and ask without necessarily being in a "worrying" mode. She does NOT sound like worrying, she simply sounds like wondering and it's just NORMAL, especially when one starts that one wants to PROTECT its hard work. If one chose to NOT protect its digital content it's his/her choice, but nowadays there exists simple and easy to implement solutions that EVERYONE should implement by principle.

      Imho, if one does not care to protect one's content to pay before download then one does NOT care and respect one's other buyers who-them- PAID THE RIGHT MONEY to access your content, whatever the "status" they have, beginners or gurus and all the like... Once they find out, you can rest assure they will too look to get stuff for free next time, and there goes the cycle...

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  • HI
    Add a new link to File Manager. On the following page, you will find various settings for the new product.
    Add a password to protect the download.
    Insert the download link into a post.
    Add a new download to File Manager.
    Add a price to the download.
    Upload a file into the File Manager.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Mozie
    Hello mekap04

    I run a digital product store holding 100's of digital products.

    It's built on WordPress.

    So I know the importance of having to protect your content from thieves.

    I use EDD (Easy digital downloads) a digital product protection plugin to protect my files. It's totally awesome and used by thousands of store owners.

    You can check it out here: https://easydigitaldownloads.com/

    The support team behind it is amazing too.

    The other option is hosting all your files on Amazon S3 and getting a WordPress plugin that integrates with it to protect your files. Amazon S3 has a 1 year free tier which is nice for start-up and then still dirt cheap after a year.

    Mozie
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  • Profile picture of the author ravijayagopal
    If you have a WordPress website, then this is arguably the best way to secure your files so that they're only accessible through your website, and prevent them from being passed around and used by unauthorized users, including search engines:

    1) Store your files on Amazon S3.

    2) Use a plugin like S3MediaVault or S3flowshield to then securely embed expiring, secure links to those media files on your WordPress site.

    3) If you wish to protect the page itself (where you have the download links, or video or audio player), then use a WordPress membership plugin (like DigitalAccessPass or Memberpress or Wishlist).

    4) This is not a true DRM solution - so once someone downloads it to their computer, then you have no control over the PDF, Video or Audio. But that's ok - 99% of the abuse happens because it's not locked down and because people can easily pass around links, it gets mistakenly indexed in search engines, people posting it on a forum, etc.

    5) Your actual paying users/members will rarely, if ever, illegally share stuff that they've paid for. Even if they do, it may be with a friend or a family member.

    6) Those who pay for any content online, usually have a good mindset and ethics. They're not going out there looking to screw you (the creator) and pirate your content like crazy and make you lose your income.

    7) Don't lock it down so hard that you make things difficult for 99% of your ethical paying customers, just so you can make things difficult for the unethical, unscrupulous 1% who will try to steal from you regardless - taking screencasts, screenshots, looking in blackhat forums and warez websites for passwords and crackz etc.

    8) Focus on the paying members, and giving them maximum value for their money, rather than focus on the minority of losers who will never pay for anything, and will try their best to pirate stuff.

    9) Also look for advanced features like HLS True Video Streaming to stream your videos and make them impossible to download.

    Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Cheers!

    - Ravi Jayagopal
    Disclosure: Creator of S3MediaVault
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  • Try a solution like DLGuard. You can't 100% protect your ebook from being stolen and downloaded from others - but you can also have an ebook that requires a code to be entered to view the ebook.
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