I am close to launching a photography site and want to give some protection to a few images that are stored in a dedicated folder. I have so far used htaccess to prevent hot linking and caching.
I would also like to prevent access to the images by the user entering the file path. The only way I have found to do this (as part of the hot linking exercise) is to deny access to blank referrers which I don’t want to do.
Is there an alternative approach, perhaps by giving permission to the html pages that display the images but denying other access?
Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.