Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also create a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It won't require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all of our cloud hosting packages feature a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you could easily activate the hotlink security feature, that's available with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than creating an .htaccess file yourself in the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you will only need to select the Internet site that should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose if the .htaccess file needs to be created directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, when you want to activate the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.