Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else may also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our cloud hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will add the required code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your authorization, you can easily enable the hotlink security feature, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you can use a really simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you will simply need to select the Internet site which should be secured and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be created directly within the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole website. Stopping it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.