Avoid Image Theft / Hotlinking in WordPress
Today, while looking at the incoming links to www.nkjlive.com I noticed that some people are linking images on their blogs to my website.
I was stunned to note that. You know what does that mean? It means that somebody else is enjoying on what you are paying for i.e. the bandwidth you are paying for is being used by other people also.
This method is generally refer to as Image Theft or Hotlinking.
See an e.g.
Link that uses my image is http://deshnama.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-post_24.html. There are many others too. [I will not give it a back link :)]
I immediately googled to know about its prevention and soon came to know about a wordpress plugin, Hotlink Protection (download link is at the end), that can prevent others to use my images on their blog.
I installed it and activated it immediately and it started working. Now, if someone tries to point to an image on my website will be displayed as a forbidden image. I know it will consume bandwidth too but soon people will start realizing that images are not working and they will stop linking to my blog images.
This is how the page looks like after installing the plugin.
Cool isn’t it?