Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person can also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It won't take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function that we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, as all of our hosting feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want others to use your images on their websites without your consent, you may easily enable the hotlink security feature, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than creating an .htaccess file manually inside the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a very simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will simply have to pick the site that has to be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file will be set up directly in the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you would like to switch on the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.