Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person can also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to enable the protection with several mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux shared web hosting packages and the only two things which you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer. While the typical technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you'll only have to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the needed file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.