Disconnect.me – provider of private search silently stopped providing Google search results a couple of days ago. Disconnect.me search is the default search provider for Tor Browser since 2015. With Disconnect search you could privately search Internet choosing Google – Bing – Yahoo – DuckDuckGo results. Now Disconnect gives me only Bing. One of the things I miss from google searches is an ability to choose results based on date posted.
Inline linking, also known as hotlinking or leeching, is something all webmasters don’t like. Usually it happens with images. For those who don’t know what is hotlinking: If your image is referred, usually inside IMG tags, on someone else’s website then each time the visitor comes to this site, this image is downloaded from your site, thus stealing your bandwidth (traffic). The fact of using your images without your permission you will not like as well.
You can fix this through .htaccess by disallowing images to load if referrer is not your host and display a “humiliating” image of your choice on the leecher’s site. This technique is well explained here.
But there are more tricky approaches to this problem. Continue reading “Hotlinking Prevention Through htaccess”