Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person could also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody may be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, as all our Linux shared web hosting plans include a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with several clicks. The conventional technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the Internet site that you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content within it. You could also use this feature for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may disable it with one click via the same exact section of your CP.