but...I think you can protect your works via publishing in your own website.
I will try to protect mines on my website. (but would remind once again,I am not interested to publish ,nor sell someone else's materials. I am only willing to monetize my owns)
but of course like you think,I am also a bit anxious on how to protect my scientific articles or projects (but presumably, not as much as you)
Well, I know how much money my works are worth and someone has tried to steal one before so, ya I am very touchy about this subject. Though, thankfully it was no one on this forum.