One of the more important elements of the posts that you create on your website is the images that you use. Even the best, most informative article can typically benefit from the inclusion of some pictures to help get your point across, and break up the monotony of text.
But other site owners might like your site’s images, and decide to use them for their own purposes. If they use the actual image that is stored on your Web server, then it is using the resources on your server to display the image on their site. That’s called hotlinking, and it’s generally not a good thing. Fortunately Cloudflare has a setting where you can prevent hotlinking of your images.
How to Turn on the Image Hotlinking Protection in Cloudflare
The steps in this guide assume that you have previously set up Cloudflare so that your site is using its features. If not, this article will show you how to get set up.
Step 1: Go to https://www.cloudflare.com and sign into your account.
Step 2: Choose the site for which you wish to enable hotlink protection.
Step 3: Click the Scrape Shield button in the toolbar at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the button to the right of Hotlink Protection to turn the setting on.
Note that Hotlink Protection will prevent your images from being displayed in places like Google Images and Pinterest. So if those sites are important to your site, then you may want to consider not using Hotlink Protection.