Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else can also build a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal website, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It will not require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the 1st website hosting account which you use, as all of our cloud web hosting plans feature a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The common approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site that you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You could also use this feature for just one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you could disable it with just one mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.