Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
It shall not require more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the 1st website hosting account you use, because all of our Linux website hosting come with a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function which we provide. While the conventional method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you'll simply have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You can deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.