Hotlinking protection blocks other sites from directly linking to files and pictures on your website and embedding them on their own website. Usually images are linked from your site and embedded on their websites, hot linking protection will protect you from your website from it. This will save your bandwidth from being used by other websites and thus prevent spike usage of your network speed. Other sites will only be able to link to files.


Before you begin, please make sure that you have already successfully added and activated Cloudflare on your website. If not, follow this tutorial on How To Add Cloudflare To Your Website 

Steps To Enable Hotlinking Protection

  • Login to
  • Then, on the dashboard, you will see a “Scrape Shield” button on the extreme right. Cloudflare Scrape Shield
  • Now scroll down and you will see the “Hotlink Protection” section. Just turn it on by clicking on the button located next to it. Cloudflare Off Button For Hotlinking
  • That’s it! Hot link protection has now been enabled on your website.