Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual may also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Because our cloud website hosting plans provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall include the necessary code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool that we have developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website rather than your actual images. You'll only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is as easy - get back to the very same section, check the box next to the given website and then click on the Delete button.