TechFriday: Testing Amazon S3 hotlinking policies

Posted By on April 22, 2016

Let it rain

While learning a bit more about Amazon S3 data storage, it was time to experiment with the hotlinking and leaching of stored content, be it video or photo. Although the S3 storage is relatively inexpensive, every byte that is stored (no biggie) … or megabyte that is downloaded/streamed (photo/video) is billed whether or not it is from the originating site or hotlinked site. Amazon has “bucket policies” that can be added or edited to their S3 servers as needed. I’ve written my own code, but after-the-fact I of course found a few prewritten policies; par for the course (call it a learning curve).


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.