How does SmartFrame work?
SmartFrame is a unique, patent-pending technology that allows you to protect your images without jeopardizing their quality or the speed of your website. So how does it work?
Secure storage in the SmartFrame Cloud
Files that are uploaded via the Admin Panel or our REST API are stored securely on SmartFrame Cloud. They are never accessible to the public – you and your team are the only ones with access to the original files.
SmartFrame Viewer and image embedding
After you upload images to the SmartFrame Cloud, we generate encrypted counterparts so that you can start to embed them.
Once you copy the embed code and paste it onto your website, the SmartFrame Viewer within the code is able to decrypt and render the image directly on the HTML canvas. While it will appear as a regular image to your audience, it will be protected against any download attempts.
Not only that, but all SmartFrames are rendered in the right size and resolution, depending on the user’s device.
Full control over how and where your images appear
Because the original image file is never published online but streamed on demand, you can easily track and control how and where your images appear. That includes on your own website, but also on other pages where your images might be embedded, as well as within search results in Google Image Search and on social media.
While the original JPEG is not available, a small thumbnail JPEG is attached to the SmartFrame. This thumbnail, which can be adjusted in the Admin Panel, is then presented to the Google crawlers and displayed in the search results. The same goes for social media – it’s never the original image that’s being shared, only a small thumbnail that links to the original content.