Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux web hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just need to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with a simple solution to protect your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the website which you would like to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content in it. You may also use this function for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with just one click via the very same section of your Control Panel.