Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody may be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

It won't take more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink security feature that we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account that you use, because all of our website hosting come with a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want others to use your images on their websites without your permission, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file manually inside the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you will only need to choose the website which needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you'd like to activate the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you'll only have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.