Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that will permit you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, offered with all our Linux shared hosting and the only two things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you will only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature which we provide. While the typical way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you'll simply have to select the site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the necessary file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You could switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.