Why You Need to Watermark Your Images
Even major corporations can go for the quick fix. Disney's PhotoPass is a very slick site that lets visitors to their parks view and purchase images were taken during their trip online. My family just got back from a Thanksgiving trip there, so I got to experience the site first hand.
|Disney's Photo Pass Website|
Smaller businesses and independent freelancers have it even worse. The photographer who took my daughter's school pictures last year used some Flash-based software that suffered from a similar, though different, security failure. While Disney's software took about five minutes to figure out, the photographer's off-the-shelf software was even worse.
This year the school changed photography companies, and I'm glad to see that the new company uses the only reliable method - they expose only watermarked images to the outside world. By putting the watermark on the image, there is no workaround to be found, and your images are protected.
Oh, and just to be clear - we bought the photos we liked from both sites.