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What’s Hotlinking?

What’s hotlinking? Well, it’s when you steal my pictures and my bandwidth, by using my server to host pictures on your site. If you don’t know how to do this, then I’m not telling you, it will only encourage the idiotic masses to abuse my server.

What’s the big deal about hotlinking? Well, it costs me money. When you have a dot.com and pay for your hosting package, you have to pay for bandwidth. To quote altlab.com’s page about hotlinking and bandwidth theft:

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transferred from a website to a user’s computer. When you view a webpage, you are using that site’s data transfer to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over it’s monthly bandwidth, it’s billed for the extra data or taken offline.

Some time last year a girl “borrowed” my server space, she used pictures from my site to decorate hers – while they were still on my server. I emailed her politely to ask her to take them down, but first I had a little fun. I changed the names of the pictures she was hotlinking, and uploaded new ones with the names.  I also have a nifty little script that will automatically change any image to the below:

The ugly-ass image that will show up if you hotlink

The ugly-ass image that will show up if you hotlink

You see, while the pictures are on my server, I have control over them. Not complete control, otherwise morons like her would not be able to hotlink my images. What I do have is a file that automatically changes any picture that someone is trying to hotlink from the picture they want to the image above. So if you don’t want to look like a moron, I suggest you don’t hotlink me.  As a side note, the picture is HUGE and will distort your site.

However, if you are stupid enough to try, then expect to see your entire site covered in images like the one above, and I will happily report you to your web host.

Her site is since gone, but Deuce of Clubs has a very amusing section dedicated to humiliating anyone who dares steal bandwidth from there. The webmaster is an inspiration to us all.

Hotlink me and I will come down on you like a ton of bricks. Got that?

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Second owner of the site, after Sammy handed it over. Lost Boys fan since the early 90s, owned this site since 2001. A bit nerdy. Fan of Marko. Wish I owned Star's skirt.