Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also create a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our Linux cloud hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will include the required code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a few clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the Internet site which you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content in it. You could also use this function for only one folder rather than the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with just one click through the same section of your CP.