Protecting you images online.
When it comes to your images then protection is the key, you may have sourced your images with licences or commissioned a photographer to take bespoke images of your products.
There are many site owners simply scrap the content from many other sites on the web and reproduce them on their site. When coming to images, they simply copy the image original image URL from your server and link it on their site. Sometimes it could be for legitimate reason also that people want to show some details from your site. But the problem here is that the images loaded on other’s sites also consume your own server’s bandwidth.
In order to avoid others using your server resources, hosting companies allow you to protect the images using ‘hotlinking’ process. This helps site owners to allow loading of images only from the sites they permit.
If this is something you feel you need to have us look into PM or email.