Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also build a website and instead of 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'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the 1st website hosting account which you use, since all of our Linux website hosting services come with a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a specific website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with a simple solution to secure your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The standard approach to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to select the Internet site which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content inside it. You could also use this feature for only one folder rather than the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with a single click via the same section of your Control Panel.