Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else could also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It shall not require more than a number of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security feature that we provide even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, because all of our Linux shared hosting come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few clicks. The common way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the site that you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content inside it. You can even use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.