Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else can also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting real visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without inputting 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 select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you will simply have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file by hand inside the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. From it, you will only need to choose the site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly in the root folder or within a subfolder, if you would like to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.