Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also build a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not take more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, because all our cloud hosting plans include a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an uncomplicated solution to shield your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to select the Internet site that you would like to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content inside it. You could also use this function for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with just one mouse click via the same section of your Control Panel.