Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else can also build a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Because our cloud website hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the required code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool which we have designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to switch on the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is as simple - go back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific website and then press the Delete button.