Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody might be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, since all of our Linux web hosting packages include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers an effective solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with just a few clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the website that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content within it. You can also use this feature for just one folder rather than the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may disable it with one mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.