Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone can be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very intuitive tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux cloud web hosting and the only 2 things that you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must 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 personally on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you will simply have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to activate the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is as effortless - return to the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then press the Delete button.