Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else can also create a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody might be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
It won't require more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function that we offer even if this is the very first hosting account you use, as all our cloud web hosting feature a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of generating an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will only have to choose the website that should be protected and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can determine if the .htaccess file will be set up straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire site. Stopping it is just as fast - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.