Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another person can also build a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal website, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone could be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should consider protecting 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 Website Hosting

It won't take more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink security function we provide even if this is the first web hosting account you use, because all our cloud website hosting feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this service only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function we offer. While the typical technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should create the required file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.