Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else could also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody may be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very intuitive tool that will allow you to enable the protection with several clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux cloud web hosting and the only two things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site instead of your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If required, you'll also have the option to enable the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is just as effortless - get back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.