Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person may also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also provide a very intuitive tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our shared web hosting and the only two things which you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will simply have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature which we provide. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily execute this automatically and you will only have to choose the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.