Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud website hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool that we have designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your real images. You will only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and choose the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.