Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else can also build a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal website, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also give you a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our cloud hosting and the only two things which you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you will simply have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function that we provide. While the regular way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you will only need to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even if you have never used any hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the same section.