Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another website. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else can also create a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Since our Linux shared web hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the needed code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the conventional technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you'll only have to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may turn off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.