On the other hand, what if the scenario is exactly other way around? What risks can you potentially face when people are hot-linking to your files or images? I know some anti hotlinking methods, some of them use a mod_rewrite approach, which is based on a referrer that can be easily spoofed.
So I have three questions:
- Is hotlinking to external file (like described above) dangerous or can it be a potential risk to your website or website visitors?
- Can you face a risk yourself when people are hotlinking to self-hosted files, other then a availability risk?
- When question number 2 is a risk: What are the best practices to protect your files from being hotlinked by others?