---- Is it safe to block hotlinking when there is no referrer?
keyplyr - 9:42 am on Feb 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
The original post was a question about image search.
In a general way...
but the question was:
Is it safe to go ahead and block images from displaying if there is no referrer?
And IMO no, it's not safe (see examples above.) Then I went on to show that allowing images to be indexed is not necessary anyway so why let them be indexed in the first place? Disallow in robots.tx then use the Remove/Block URL tools in GWT and BWT. And I also appended an X-Robots-Tag: noindex to the header of all my images. Problem solved, no hot-linked images.