Inline Linking (aka Hotlinking)
- Creating links to images on remote sites for display on the local site
- The local site is said to have an inline link to the remote site where the image is located
- Detection occurs from the appearance of strange and unfamiliar web sites in the referer logs of the remote site
Avoiding Inline Linking to Images on Remote Sites
- Inline links are often considered "leeching"
- Copyrighted images could be displayed without obtaining an acceptable license
- The performance of the local site could be impacted when the remote site is slow
Preventing Inline Linking of Your Images
- You may not appreciate the new placement of the image on the other site
- May increase the bandwidth use of your site while your site is not being viewed as intended
- Could result in an unnecessary increase in resource consumption (processor, memory, etc) of your server(s)
Steps to Stop Image Leeching
- Enable Request Filtering in the Internet Information Services =>World Wide Web Services=>Security section in "Turn Windows Features on or off"
- Use the Rules tab of the Request Filtering feature of IIS7 to create the following rule: