To protect your work (and also GDS designer's works) when participating in exchanges here at GDS, we ask that you help guard against people stealing.
In 4shared, this is such a thing as a Public Search. That means that someone can type in something like "hollyann" or "candyland" and find all files on 4shared that have that in their name. And then since most files are not password protected, anyone can download them.
So, besides password protecting your files, you can set up your account in such a way that your files do not show up in public searches.
- Go to 4shared.com and log in
- Go to your "My Account" link on the right side
- Under the "Settings" tab, make sure you UNCHECK the box that asks "Allow to show my files in public search results". This way no one can search for your files.
- Under the "Settings" tab, make sure you CHECK the box that asks "Do Not Show Related File at the Download Page". This way when someone is downloading a specific file of yours because you gave them the link, they will not see the box on the right side that lists other files named close to yours (meaning show some of your other files that they are entitled to to download).
Here is a screen shot of my settings: