Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person may also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal website, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our Linux cloud website hosting plans and the only two things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if 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 personally on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we offer. While the regular way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which is able to do this automatically and you'll only need to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file inside the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.