Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal website, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our Linux cloud hosting come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall add the needed code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The usual way to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to choose the website that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content in it. You can also use this function for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you may disable it with one click from the same exact section of your CP.