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How To Protect Your Digital Downloads

If you are using PayPal or Click Bank to sell your products, it is almost a certainty that people are using simple but effective methods to steal your products.

All it takes is a simple search on a search engine as shown in the video on

Many are unaware that this is going on. So here are 8 easy Steps you could take now
to protect your product|digital downloads! Although these underlining steps are not a complete
and solid solution such as you could use these methods to help secure youíre downloads.

1. Stomping the View Source Problem

The route for easy theft involves viewing the source code, which can be done either by right clicking and selecting View Source, or by selecting Source from the browser View menu (IE browsers). Inhibiting right click can be done by a single line of code. Here is how to stop this from happening
A Add this line of code between the body and /body tags (to inhibit right mouse click) as follows: <body oncontextmenu=”return false”>

B.Then, on your home page, at the place where you want your customer to select payment, add the following line of code to generate a new browser window.

<AHREF=”javascript:void(0)” ONCLICK=”open(‘orderpage.htm’,’private’,’scrollbars=1, toolbar=1,location=1,resizable=1,width=500,height=300′)”>Click here to Order</A>

This code displays “Click here to Order” and, when clicked, opens the new window. Be sure to change “orderpage.htm” in the above code to the name of your actual order page. You can also change the window width and height can be adjusted, by changing the 500 and 300 in the line above.

On the new page containing the order code, your customer can neither right click nor pull down a View menu. While this method can be exploited, it will stop those who are merely amateur.

2. Request a order ID

A second no-cost technique is to ask the purchaser to send you the orderID before receiving the product download address. But that makes each purchase a manual process… It could, but doesn’t have to, if you use this little psychology trickÖ

Just set up a page for the good buyer to be sent to after the purchase. On that page, ask the buyer to send the order ID to an auto responder email you provide, you can get an auto responder from ( which is the hosting company I use and closely integrate with and all projects including ClickBank Download Protection !

The auto responder reply message provides the product download address, and will be sent regardless of what information is provided by the buyer. Most likely the opportunistic thief will give up at this point because he doesn’t want to reveal his e-mail address, and knows he doesn’t have a valid order|payment ID.

Of course for good measure you should include the “no right-click” code given above on all your sales pages.

3. Give Thought In Naming Your thank you Page

If you name your thank you page is something like ‘thankyou.html’ or ‘download.html’ then it’s a pretty easy process for the average hacker to find your page and download your product. Give your download pages a complicated name that is neither easy to guess, easy to remember nor easy to recognize.

4. Create nested and oddly named Folders

In keeping with point number 1, this is just a question of making it more harder for the average thief to find your thank you pages.

Let’s say you’re selling an eBook called “How to Make Pizza”. Now, let’s say you’re selling it at this URL:

In this example, your sales page is contained in the directory called ‘pizza’. Now, rather than put your download page in this same directory, you can make life more difficult for the thief by creating sub-directories (or ‘nested’ directories) for your thank you page.

Just create a directory inside ‘pizza’ called ‘QrB46z’ (for example) and another folder inside that one called ĎwKd12dí and then place your product page inside this folder. In this scenario, your product page would be contained at this, more hidden, address: QrB46z /wKd12d/

Another approach is to place your download page directory in a different place altogether on your server – thus making it even more difficult to track it down.

5. Create an index.html Page for Every Directory

If you don’t have a page named ‘index.htm’ in the folder that has your thank you page, then your host server will display a page showing the contents of that directory. Your ‘index’ page can be a normal page from your website or you can make it re-direct the visitor somewhere else like your homepage or sales letter

To create your own re-direct page, simply paste the following snippet into a file named index.html

<meta HTTP-EQUIV=”refresh” content=”0;URL=FULL_ADDRESS _HERE”>
<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>

NOTE: Be sure to replace the URL with the website you want to re-direct the visitor to.
if your server supports PHP you could create an index.php file with this snippet in it

<?php header(ĎLocation:http://www.yourdomaintoredirectto.comí); exit(0); ?>

This will achieve the same effect as above.

6. Hide Your Download Pages from the Search Engines

It’s amazing how many thank you pages you’ll find via the search engines if you seen the video on Itís a scary thought, but true reality.. (if you havenít seen the video.. I suggest you do so now @

To get around this, you need to ensure that the search engines do not include your thank you|download pages in their index. To do this, just place the following snippet of code between the <head> and </head> tags at the top of your thank you page’s HTML code.


7. Change Your Thank You Links Often

This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you’ve followed the steps outlined above, then you’ve gone some way towards protecting your digital downloads. It’s not 100% protection such as excellent software provided at ClickBank Download Protection. Which is why I recommend changing your thank you links regularly. This will help ensure that, if someone does manage to|gain access your products, and has been putting your download links on forums or social networks you’ll be able to stop them.

8. Put a Statement On Your eBooks

If someone is giving your EBook away for free It’s a good idea to place a prominent statement inside your eBooks explaining that it’s not a free EBook. Ask readers to notify you if they received the EBook for free explaining where they downloaded it. You might consider offering a small ‘reward’ for taking the time to notify you.


There are a number of methods that you can use to protect your downloads. In the end the bestto protect your downloads useing professional download protection tools such as (ClickBank Download Protection) to block anyone who has not paid you in the first place.

This is a growing problem, and as more people turn to sell on the web, the more security holes are left open and venerable to attack. Itís up to you to stop this problem for your business. All the hard work has been done for you, now itís your choice to invest in your hard work.

To your success!

Sonny Mataka

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  2. By Click_Bank on Dec 2, 2008 | Reply

    hmm ..! You scared me..!! I was selling my products over their blindly..!! What a refreshing article. Thank you!

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