Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person can also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't require more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function which we provide even if this is the first hosting account that you use, because all our Linux shared web hosting packages feature a simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it has the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to turn off 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 others to use your images on their websites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink security feature, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file manually within the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceptionally simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will simply need to choose the site that should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file should be set up straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, if you would like to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the whole site. Disabling it is just as simple - you'll only need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.