Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else can also create a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody might be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function that we provide even if this is the first hosting account which you use, since all our Linux web hosting come with a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it offers the very same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this feature only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other people to use your images on their sites without your consent, you can easily switch on the hotlink security feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of creating an .htaccess file by hand within the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll simply need to pick the Internet site that should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can choose if the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly in the root folder or in a subfolder, when you'd like to activate the hotlink protection feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you'll only have to mark the checkbox next to the respective website and to click on the Delete button.