Hotlinking is the practice of directly linking to images on a website and embedding them in another website. It has legitimate uses but is frequently used as a dastardly means of stealing both images and bandwidth.
I use Cloudflare hotlink protection, but had not checked the analytics for a very long time. I thought the practice of hotlinking was fading away – bandwidth being no longer so dear. Nope. I was amazed to find 4,752 blocked hotlink attempts in the last 30 days – an average of 158 each day – on just one of my sites.
Hotlinking can also be prevented using htaccess or cPanel, but using Cloudflare keeps the nefarious requests and associated processing completely off my site.
WPPOV supports freedom from Net Neutrality and the GDPR. The Internet of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.