Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security function that we provide even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, because all of our cloud hosting plans come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to shield your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with several clicks. The standard way to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the site which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content inside it. You can even use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you may disable it with just one mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.