Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person may also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It shall not require more than a number of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function that we offer you even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, because all of our Linux shared website hosting plans feature a simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this service only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function which we offer. While the typical way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall only need to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the necessary file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.