Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It will not require more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function which we offer you even if this is the first hosting account that you use, as all of our Linux website hosting packages come with a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The standard technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the Internet site that you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You can also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you may deactivate it with a single click via the very same section of your CP.