So, here's the deal, I've got an idea, and I want to protect it. By that, I am not talking about piracy protection, more like content protection.
Say there's a hypothetical scenario, a fiend hacks into my files and steals that which I plan to put into development, and that thing finds its way into big bucks publishing house and they end up hoarding million for something whose concept I conceived... how can I protect myself from such a scenario outside of making a patent, it being under lock and key?
Don't worry about others stealing your idea, most likely your idea falls into one of three groups:
1. ideas that won't work (too expensive, tech isn't ready, market doesn't want it, the idea is stupid, etc)
2. ideas that recently became feasible due to <something>
3. new ideas that were inspired by <something else>
if your idea falls into 1. but you know how to bring it to 2. then you don't have to worry about others stealing the idea itself, worry about keeping your solution to the problems secret instead (and if possible patent those solutions if they are patentable)
if your idea falls into 2 or 3 then you need to get off your ass and start working, even if you are the first in the world to have the idea and most others who get the idea wrongly place it in 1. you can be fairly certain that someone somewhere will come up with something similar and decide that it is worth persuing, if you sit around and wait someone will beat you.