Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux shared website hosting service provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall include the needed code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you may easily activate the hotlink protection feature, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually inside the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply have to pick the Internet site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be generated straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you want to switch on the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as fast - you'll only have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.