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hotlinking: YES or NO?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ozzieonline, Jan 17, 2013.

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Do you allow hotlinking?

  1. Yes, other websites may show my images

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  2. No way, I don't want other websites to steal my bandwidth

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  1. ozzieonline

    ozzieonline Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    A very short question... do you allow or disallow hotlinking? (you can answer the poll above)

    (Hotlinking means that another website can show an image that is located on your website. This way your bandwidth is being "stolen". 5 Years ago it was very common to set a .htaccess rule to prevent other websites from stealing your images (and thus bandwidth). Today there is more bandwidth available and I wonder if hotlinking, or the preventing of hotlinking, is still an issue nowadays.)
     
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    23 views and only 1 person was so friendly to vote... is the question that difficult? :confused:
     
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    No. It's not an issue. You can set this in cpanel very easily.
     
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    Thanks for your reply! Appreciate that!

    I know I can set it very easily in cPanel, but I'm just curious if it is still commom to disable hotlinking as it was a couple of years ago. So that's why I'm wondering what other people do, or do not do.
     
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    I would say that most people do it since many sites have many images these days.
     
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    You mean that most people DO disable hotlinking? But earlier you said that it's not an issue, so I thought you meant that most people do allow hotlinking. So I don't quite understand now. Do you or do you not disable hotlinking?
     
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