Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because 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, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very intuitive tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our shared hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll only have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature we provide. While the conventional method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can perform this automatically and you will simply have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even when you have never used any hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.