Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone may be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function we offer you even if this is the very first hosting account which you use, because all of our cloud plans feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your approval, you may easily activate the hotlink security feature, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually inside the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you will simply need to choose the Internet site which should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file will be set up straight within the root folder or within a subfolder, when you would like to switch on the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox next to the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.