Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal website, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not require more than several clicks to activate the hotlink security feature we provide even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, because all our Linux cloud packages come with a very 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 CP, so it offers the exact same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside 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 Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their websites without your authorization, you could easily activate the hotlink security feature, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file by hand inside the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you will only need to pick the Internet site that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can determine whether the .htaccess file should be set up directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as fast - you'll only need to mark the checkbox beside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.