hotlinking

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Hotlinking is the embedding of a resource (typically an image) from another website on your own site.

Downsides

  • The image might be (re)moved on the other website, leaving you with a broken image on the page.
  • When your site gets a lot of traffic, you place a burden on the other website hosting the image.
  • The other website can see your traffic (or at least the people who request the image), and analyse basic information about your visitors.

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