Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be attempting to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It will not require more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux cloud hosting services feature a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this service only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a few clicks. The conventional technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the website that you need to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content in it. You may also use this function for only one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.