Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another person may also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal website, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also give you a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our cloud hosting and the only two things that you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll 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 Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the regular way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you'll only need to select the site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the necessary file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any issues even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.