Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also build a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It won't take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our cloud web hosting come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their websites without your consent, you can easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file yourself inside the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceptionally simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll simply have to select the site that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be set up directly within the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you would like to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire website. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.