The ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) is a two-part solution that provides the most secure web-viewing environment possible. Nothing is left unprotected to copy or exploit with the ASPS filter running server side to deliver encrypted content to the ASPS Web
Browser on the user's computer. ASPS provides the best solution for copy protecting all web content:
The ASPS Web Browser is a secure browser used to view
ASPS protected content. Visitors to sites using ASPS will automatically
switch back and forth between their browser of choice and Web Browser
depending on whether they are viewing ASPS content or normal web pages.
- Prevents download and save of web pages, html and
- Prevents Print Screen , screen capture and screen
- Prevents media and image downloaders from obtaining
- Prevents all data leakage and protects
- Protects all web page media including Flash, PDF
- Delivers all web requests and responses using the strongest encryption.
- Supports all web applications, scripting languages
- Supports easy integration with any third party CSS
or DRM solution.
- No special treatment required for any media (no
ASPS will provide the most secure copy protection imaginable, securing any media,
data and links that can be displayed on your web pages.
ASPS will allow the server to assemble your web page on the fly, then encrypt it
for delivery in such a way that only the ASPS Web Browser can interpret.
Why use the ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS)?
Today, we have numerous brands of web browsers and most of them are clones of either Internet Explorer or Mozilla and are designed with the same goal in mind that is to become the most popular browser. To enhance that popularity, their makers continually add options to enable users to easily search, find and download all types of media regardless of copyright or restrictions imposed by authors.
Today, webmasters and designers wanting to protect web content need to employ
robust solutions for copy protection. However, this can be quite impossible to guarantee protection because they are at the mercy of web browsers that allow the addition of add-ons as aids in piracy and other means to disable features and plugins utilized by site owners. The advent of ArtistScope’s secure web browser provides you with an alternative to use if you want to protect your site’s content. The ASPS Web
Browser overcomes all of these problems and to date, there is nothing else in the world like it.
What is the ASPS Web
The ASPS Web Browser is a complete web browser. It is not a shell or skin wrapped
around your default web browser. Consequently it is not governed by your default
browser settings and nothing can be disabled without preventing the ASPS Web
Browser to run and function as intended. For the technically minded its core is
similar to the Chrome and Safari web browser, but it is most definitely a
separate entity that has been rebuilt from the ground up to ensure that it
cannot be exploited.
How Does ASPS Compare To Other Solutions?
Frankly, there is no other web browser that can offer comparable copy protection for web content. Yes, there are browsers that are designed for web exams that offer some user restrictions but they cannot provide protection from all methods of copy. There are also some web browser clones, (skinned versions of IE) that claim to protect web content and while they may hamper the use of Print Screen and other hotkeys, their protection from screen capture software relies on a list of known programs. Anyone using a new application or renaming the screen capture executable can easily exploit such deceptive protection. Nor do browser clones provide any protection for media that is downloaded. All browsers store everything that they download in a temporary internet folder (cache) and most modern video- and image-grab software retrieves media from that browser cache. In contrast, the ASPS Web
Browser is designed to leave no avenue for exploit.
The CopySafe Web plugin can provide secure copy protection from all screen
capture and screen recording software and it is supported in all popular Windows
web browsers. But as an add-on to a generic web browser it is at the mercy of
those browser designers who are more interested in being popular with the masses
by exposing web content rather than protecting it. Hence, the need for the ASPS
Web Browser which is a complete web browser that is specially designed throughout to
prevent all exploits and has a built-in mechanism as an integral component to
prevent screen capture.
How Does ASPS Work?
ASPS delivers web content from the server direct to the web browser in an
encrypted format that only the ASPS Web Browser can decode. The content on the
server does not need to be encrypted and there is no double-handling required to
prepare any web content for delivery via ASPS. This means that anything
delivered from a website, including database records, media and web pages
created on the fly using absolutely any programming language, will most securely
be delivered from server to the user's web browser without any opportunity of
copy, duplication or retrieval.
Websites can contain both protected and public content (for search
engines and casual visitors) without any segregation. Any pages, which can be
normal html pages, that you want restricted for use by the ASPS Web Browser only
need to include an extra meta-tag. When that tag is detected by the server it
will be delivered in encrypted form, and only the ASPS Web Browser will be able
to decode that page and display it. All other web browsers and devices will
receive a legible error message, and even if they try to spoof the system, all
they will get is an encrypted blob that will take NASA a month of Sundays to
From Normal Web Browser To ASPS Web
Most sites, even those that have protected or restricted content, provide a doorway
for casual visitors and fodder for search engines. And it doesn't need to be any
different even with ASPS content that requires running a different web browser.
From normal web pages you can provide a launch button that starts up the ASPS
Web Browser and loads the designated start page. ASPS can be opened from any
popular web browser as the launch plugins are included in the Web Browser
installation. If the ASPS Web Browser is installed it can be launched from your
web page. Otherwise the visitor will be provided the download link with further
At the end of your visitor's journey clicking on any link pointing to a web page
that is not tagged for ASPS will open it in their default web browser.
Under no circumstances can a normal web browser display an ASPS-protected web page,
ensuring that your html, source code, images and any other media embedded on the
page such as Flash, PDF or videos are protected from all copying.
The ASPS Web Browser can explore your web site and media just like any other
web browser, except that nothing can be copied or saved in any way, unless you specifically allow it.
With the ASPS Web Browser your web security is no longer dependent on third-party
plugins; nor is it dependent on limitations imposed by changes
to system security policy because the components
that provide the security for your content are an integral part of the ASPS
browser core. So if the Web Browser is tampered with in any way,
then it will not run and your web content will not be downloaded or displayed... a more
secure scenario can never exist.
First point to realize is that of all the web browsers available today, they all have one thing in common and
that is "false advertising". They all claim to be superior, faster and
more secure, but overall there is little difference. They all depend on errors and exploits that are developed as time goes by and can creep into updates. Otherwise, they are all secure. As for internet speed, they are all the same and what a lot of people don't realize is that the thing that affects it is how actually how busy the connection is on both ends—the user’s internet connection and the web server at the other end. Apart from methods of caching DNS requests and forcing the retention of cache, there is not much that can be done for speed without sacrificing security checks.
Otherwise users will find that the ASPS Web Browser is comparable to every other web
browser in technology, performance and media support, except for one thing,
which is the total absence of cache. The ASPS Web Browser stores downloads in
memory so that nothing can be retrieved from cache. Consequently, revisiting
pages and media that may already have been downloaded will not be quicker.
Web Browser Security Options
ASPS protection can be applied site wide, to specific folders or to individual web pages only, and the protection applied can vary on each page. For example, you can allow a visitor to print a receipt but not copy it, or to save selected files to disk but not copy the page.
In addition, basic DRM options can be applied per user or page according to what
the site's administrator sets in the CSS or membership system. DRM
stands for "Digital Rights Management", but we at ArtistScope have always
preferred "Document Rights Management" because it better describes a relation
between document and user. DRM is basically about the assignment of user rights to view a document and what privileges they
may have while doing so.
- Allow/disallow screen capture
- Allow/disallow keyboard for web forms
- Allow/disallow printing and number of times printed
- Allow/disallow remote viewing
The ASPS Web Browser has been specially designed to integrate with any CMS or DRM
solution by providing some essential ingredients. For example in every page
request sent to the server for the next web page, the current browser
window area, unique computer signature and computer time are included. That
that can read the browser's user-agent.
The current browser window size enables a web designer to pre-calculate many
picture too late as it operates client-side, which after the page has been
assembled and delivered.
Checking a user's computer time is an easy way to detect if anyone is trying to
exploit expiration settings. On the other hand, retrieving the user's computer signature, which can
always be assumed to be unique, is the best way to differentiate site members
automatically and also ensure that they are not sharing account log-ins. With such
information any Content Management System (CMS) or membership portal can easily
be modified to enforce DRM policy. With so many CMS solutions readily available,
plus the fact that most sites will already have an established user base,
modifying that existing solution to include DRM options should be the most
popular choice. Consequently ArtistScope does not think it necessary to provide
one out-of-the-box, however support by way of sound advice is readily available.
Web Browser & Copy Protection
The ASPS Web Browser uses the renowned CopySafe
copy protection, the only solution that effectively prevents all screen
capture. CopySafe was first developed by ArtistScope in 1998 and is supported
across all Windows computers and used in other applications such as
CopySafe Web and CopySafe PDF.
All applications using CopySafe harmoniously share its Windows service and
drivers, and the copy protection that is thus provided should not to be confused
with fake protection that others, who imitate rather than innovate, falsely advertise.
CopySafe was the first effective remedy for screen capture and today, it remains as the most secure among all solutions available. Unlike the methods of others, it does not rely on a list of known screen capture programs to detect and redirect the user. CopySafe also does not need to interrupt the user's visit because when CopySafe is active, it owns the clipboard.
Web Browser & DRM Protection
With DRM policies applied to your users and web pages you can have total
control such as:
With DRM applied to your web page, you can send a link to an
associate and not have to worry about that link being forwarded on, accessed
by mail service spies or obtained by spy bots. Sure they can possibly get the link, but they
will never be able to use it.
- Manage and limit which users or groups can view
a document or web page
- Assign expiration on a document or web
page validated by time server
- Limit the number of views of
a document or web page by a user
- Limit the number of prints of
a document or web page per user
- Protect access to documents or web page by IP number or network
- Manage document and user
subscriptions with immediate effect over changes
ASPS Protects ALL Web Content
All types of media can be protected when you are using the ASPS Web Browser. In fact, anything that can be displayed or embedded on a web page will be most securely protected from all copying and saving, and this includes texts, images, Flash, PDF and video. There is no other application that can so effectively protect all of these mediums, and ASPS does so without requiring the encryption or alteration of the media in any way. All other Flash protection solutions require that the Flash be encrypted and domain-locked, which is a tedious chore, especially if something needs to be updated. But with ASPS, all of that double handling is unnecessary, and the same applies to all media. Even with PDF, there is no other solution that will display normal unencrypted PDF online and be able to copy protect it. With ASPS, you can use any PDF that Adobe
Browser can display. This means that you can display PDFs with embedded CAD and 3D objects functioning as walkthroughs, sound files, flipbooks, fillable forms, and more. Anything that Adobe
Reader can display will be most securely copy protected. They cannot be copied or located and there is no cache to worry about.
& Document Protection
When it comes to presenting documents online the PDF format is the commonly used
document type because most documents can be converted to PDF and today via Adobe
Reader resources PDF can also include complex and sophisticated files that
run as applications, such 3D CAD object and video. While there are many secure
solutions for protecting PDF, those solutions can only be secure when delivering
encrypted or obfuscated files. But with ASPS special treatment of the file is
not necessary beyond removing print permissions at the time of the document's
ASPS can be installed on all types of web server and for Windows servers the
ASPS PDF Manager
can be included to provide membership control for log-in and access level. This
web application is not provided for Apache servers because there are too many
possibilities to cater for as most sites running on an Apache server will
already be using a CMS like Drupal, Joomla or WordPress. So for these CMS it is
recommended to have your web designer check the available add-on modules that
may be available for your CMS... basically, all you need is the means to upload
PDF and apply ASPS protection to the pages that link to your PDF. How you index
those documents is up to you but be sure not to provide direct access to those
files from normal browsers.
From the online demos listed above you can see that normal PDF can be most
securely protected while displayed in the ASPS Web Browser. The only requirement
is that print permissions be removed from the PDF prior to upload. Otherwise the
Adobe browser plugin will provide the user with a menu for saving and printing.
- See the ASPS PDF Manager
online demo (requires a login - contact support for this).
- See an
open directory version that doesn't require a login (includes uploader).
ASPS & Data Leakage Prevention
"Data leakage" is the unauthorized transfer of information from a computer or data resource to entities outside the intended realm. The common causes for data leakage are mostly related to betrayal of trust and lack of security precautions. With most data stored in a database of some type, user access and privileges can be too generous. Many people believe that web pages are safe from the public if they are not accessible from the web by a direct link. On the contrary, normal web browser usage can be monitored and leaked not only to national security organizations, but also to anyone else who may be interested. Luckily, it is simple to prevent such spying by using ASPS Web
Browser, which is the only one that can read ASPS web pages.
ASPS System Requirements
First, you need to have a website that uses a domain name or domain alias on a network that is accessible from either the Internet or an Intranet. The next requirement is for you to have Administrator permissions on the server, or a congenial web host, to be able to install and register the ASPS filter. If you don't already have a server where you have Admin rights, then ArtistScope may be able to provide hosting to you or recommend other suitable web hosts elsewhere.
ASPS Server Installation
To use ASPS, the filter software needs to be installed on the server for your website. Filters are available for Apache and Windows servers, like ISAPI filters on Windows Server 2003. On Windows Server 2008
and 2012, it is a .net application and for Apache it's similar to a Mod. Sites that are enabled to use the filter are required to hold a license file in the site root. The license file also provides information to be displayed as branding for the ASPS Web
Browser. In a nutshell, the installation of the server-side filter is as simple as installing the filter and copying the license file to the appropriate website. Nothing else is required as the filter is then controlled by a meta tag that is added to pages to be protected (next topic).
ASPS Site Integration
Although the ASPS filter can be applied to any page within the designated site root, the filter is not activated until it reads a special meta tag at the top of the web page. Therefore, if no tag is detected, then the web page is delivered as a normal web page for display in all popular web browsers. The process of preparing web pages to be protected is quite simple, just add a special tag to the top of the page's html which looks like . Where you place that tag in the source code is not critical, although it is best to use it at the top before any scripting or html, since ASPS will encrypt any html that appears after the tag. Web pages that use scripting to create html on the fly are assembled before encryption and any CMS solution can be used regardless of coding language such as Sharepoint, .Net, PHP, ColdFusion, etc. ASPS can also be used with other web applications like Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc. The level of protection applied to any web can be controlled by additional tags. The default protection applied offers maximum protection, such as no copy, capture or printing. Otherwise, you only need to add a meta tag that says copy, capture or printing is allowed.
Click for the new Wordpress
plugin for launching the ASPS Web Browser.
ASPS & Third Party Web Solutions
Regardless of what software or programming language is used on
your web site, whether it be for shopping carts, copy protection, page
encryption or survey presentation, ArtistScope Web Browser will be compatible. If your
web pages can be viewed in any web browser, then they will surely be viewable in
the ASPS Web Browser.
Both the browser and its installer can be branded with the licensee's company
name, trademark and logo. See
licensing for further details. Further modification is not recommended because the ArtistScope name has earned a good reputation and history since 1998 and is accepted by all anti-virus and security software. Changing the names of executables and co-designer can undermine that reputation and can also cause problems for users that are enjoying other ASPS sites and services. However, custom installers can be made to include your logo and company name for a fee (POA). Custom installers can also set the start page of the
ASPS Web Browser to your home or landing page.
The ArtistScope Site Protection System (ASPS) is
licensed per web site
(domain). One license can serve all sub-domains and aliases of a domain for sites that are hosted on the same server. The ASPS Web
Browser is free to download and runs on XP and newer Windows versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. The server side filter is available for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
and 2012 and Apache (Linux).