Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual can also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It shall not take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature which we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all of our cloud website hosting include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this feature only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The common way for you to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the Internet site that you need to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content inside it. You can also use this feature for just one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one click from the exact same section of your CP.