Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal website, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting actual website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our Linux cloud hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the needed code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with several clicks. The usual way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the Internet site which you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You can even use this option for just one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with just one click through the same exact section of your CP.