Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It shall not take more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the very first website hosting account that you use, as all our Linux shared hosting packages feature a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The conventional technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the site that you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You can also use this option for only one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you may disable it with a single click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.