Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else could also create a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal website, it will be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not take more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux cloud service come with a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a specific website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection function that we offer you. While the standard way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can do this automatically and you will only need to pick the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could turn off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.