Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It won't take more than a few clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the very first hosting account which you use, since all of our shared hosting feature a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function that we offer you. While the common technique of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you will only have to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should create the needed file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no complications even when you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.