Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our cloud web hosting and the only two things that you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will only have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool that we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you enable this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site in place of your real images. You'll only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is equally easy - go back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.