June 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm #6586
I have a protected page that is working well. I am trying to understand the best way to protect the media that is added to the protected page. If I add a PDF or Image to the page then that image source can be copied and then loaded directly (outside the page) in the future by pointing directly to the file.
Is there a solution for this within eMember to protect the content displayed / linked within a protected post so the user can not just reference these files in the future?
The means of access right now is the member logs in with an active subscription and they get access to the page that is set for this subscription. All of that works fine but the content is not protected through direct access once they know the location of the files.
The page is not loading via an encrypted link so I don’t think the APR system will work.
Thanks for any asssitance you can provide.June 16, 2012 at 2:30 am #46168
You can use eMember’s download directory protection feature to protect any static/downloadable files (example: PDF file, image file, video file etc.). When you use this feature, it will ask for the username and password if you try to download these files from the protected folder. Check the following area of eMember admin to use the download directory protection feature:
"Admin Functions -> Download Folder Protection"
However, if you are embedding an image on a web page then there is no way to just protect that embedded image (its how browsers work). The only thing you can do is make sure that the full page is protected so the image is only visible to your members. Yes, your members will be able to save that image. Any image that you can see in a web page can be saved (its just how the internet works). So, if you are selling image then you should embed a small and watermarked version of the image on the webpage for preview then deliver the fullsize image via a direct download from the protected folder.
If you are using eStore then you can also add the encrypted secure download option in the mix too.
Please check this documentation:June 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm #46169
Thanks for your reply. I am not so much concerned about the saving of the files — as per your point that they can be downloaded — but the ability to share and access the files in the future and directly bypassing the restrictions on the page.
Does the verison v7.7.8 have the “Admin – Download Folder Protection” function?
Is it possible to use the Lightbox Amazon S3 integration to serve files this way (like the videos)? If so would you please point me in the right direction for adding a text link to a pdf file?
Thanks for your help.June 19, 2012 at 12:55 am #46170
Please get a new build of the eMember plugin for the download folder protection feature.
Yes, the lightbox ultimate plugin can be used to create secure download links for any of your amazon s3 media files. Is that what you mean?June 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm #46171
RE “Yes, the lightbox ultimate plugin can be used to create secure download links for any of your amazon s3 media files. Is that what you mean? “
Yes this is what I was considering. Would you mind sharing with me a sample short code for this? I wanted to link to a PDF file on Amazon S3 via the Ultimate lightbox plugin (and not a video)? I am sorry if I am missing something simple here and thanks again for your help. I have the video linking to Amazong S3 working fine but was unsure how to get the other media types to work.June 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm #46172
Please open the “Amazon S3 Private/Protected Video and PDF File Embedding” documentation from the following page:
Now, look for the section labelled the following in that documentation:
Place a Secure Amazon S3 File Download OptionJuly 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm #46173
Hi, when trying out the download folder protection on a browser, it kept asking for the username and password (even though the ones entered is correct) I have tried to search if anyone has had a similar issue and what can be done to correct this? I have also just done a clean update on the eMember.July 2, 2012 at 1:33 am #46174
Please do the following:
1. Create a test member account for me and share the details here (you will delete this account later).
2. Share a link to your login page
3. Share a link to the file that you are trying to downloadJuly 2, 2012 at 6:25 am #46175
Please see below:
[admin removed details after troubleshooting]July 2, 2012 at 6:36 am #46176
This has now worked, when I clicked through from this page. I don’t understand it, I tried it throughout yesterday. Could it be because I tested more than one account from my PC – something to do with IP?July 2, 2012 at 9:52 am #46177
Sorry I have to post a third time.
I tried this again and I got the same problem. But the following steps worked for me:
1. First, I login as a member to the main site.
2. Tried the download link, got a request for the username and password.
3. Once this was submitted, I got access.
My question: is this the ways it works normally?
The user must me logged into the main site to gain access to the download page?
Thanks for your help.July 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm #46178
Yes, the user have to be logged into the main site as a member first before they can access any downloadable files stored in the protected folder. This ensures that someone is not trying to bypass the site’s login. Remember, this is an optional feature for the users who really want that extra protection so we made it like so.July 3, 2012 at 7:47 am #46179
Thanks very much.
For my kind of website, the protected folder is superb and will save me lots of time. Thanks for adding such a feature.November 17, 2014 at 7:37 am #46180DorinMember
I’ve activated this function, and the user is asked twice for the username and password.
One when they login on the login page, and second when the user access a protected link.
Can the second login be removed, but the file still be protected?
Thank you!November 18, 2014 at 12:43 am #46181
The second authentication (when they actually go to download the file) is required for ultimate protection/security. If you are not after the ultimate protection/security then you don’t need to use the folder protection option. You can just use option 1 explained in the following documentation and you will get what you are after (there will be no authentication when they are about to download the file):
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