Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It won't require more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, as all our cloud hosting come with a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact 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'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature which we provide. While the standard technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can perform this automatically and you shall only have to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You may turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the same section.