Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual could also build a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be trying to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
There's a simple 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 furthermore offer a very intuitive tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function that we provide. While the conventional way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can do this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.