Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person can also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud plans feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will include the required code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the typical method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can do this automatically and you will only have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file within the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any complications even if you have never used any hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.