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Thread: Protecting your files from pirates on 4shared...

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    Protecting your files from pirates on 4shared...

    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.

    Here's how:

    • 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:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 4shared_myaccount.jpg  
    Last edited by HollyS; 08-09-2008 at 02:15 PM.
    I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.


  2. Does this work the same way on sendspace?

  3. Holly,

    Thanks for the information. Mine had public searches allowed, so I'm glad I was able to change that. Thanks!

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by j_camargo6 View Post
    Does this work the same way on sendspace?
    Not sure...I know this is a rampant problem with 4shared though.
    I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.


  5. #5
    I know on 4Free File Hosting you can password each file and the only way it can be downloaded is if you give the link out.
    Sue xx
    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present - Oogway [Kung Fu Panda]


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    Does anyone know whether you have to have a paying account at 4shared to have your files password protected? I have looked everywhere, but I could not find the option for a password for files. But then maybe I have just turned blonde again?? If anyone could help me setting up passwords, I would greatly appreciate the help.

  7. TY very much!

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Bydelstorp View Post
    Does anyone know whether you have to have a paying account at 4shared to have your files password protected? I have looked everywhere, but I could not find the option for a password for files. But then maybe I have just turned blonde again?? If anyone could help me setting up passwords, I would greatly appreciate the help.
    No you don't have to have a paid account to password protect your files.

    When you're looking at your virtual drive you'll see a tab at the top that says deactiviate or activate. You can click on that to set your password. Also, in My Account you can click on the Settings tab & change your password.

    Hope that helps.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by stater View Post
    No you don't have to have a paid account to password protect your files.

    When you're looking at your virtual drive you'll see a tab at the top that says deactiviate or activate. You can click on that to set your password. Also, in My Account you can click on the Settings tab & change your password.

    Hope that helps.
    Thanks for that explanation. I'll try it out.

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    Ok, I found the exact steps and I also found how you an control whether other files of yours show up when you give someone a link to download a file of yours and they go to that link. Usually on the right is a box called "related files" and may show other files of your you didn't intend folks to dowload without your permission. Here the steps are and if you scroll back up to my original post, you will now see a screen shot of what the settings should look like.

    Here's how:

    -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).
    I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.


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