Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be aiming to copy your site 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, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website 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 1st web hosting account you use, because all our cloud website hosting packages feature a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this function only for a certain website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The conventional technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the website that you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content in it. You can also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you can deactivate it with one mouse click through the very same section of your Control Panel.