Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux cloud website hosting services and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature which we provide. While the typical technique of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily execute this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the required file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.