Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal website, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It shall not take more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function that we provide even if this is the very first hosting account you use, as all of our Linux cloud service come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this feature only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function we provide. While the standard technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall only have to choose the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without complications even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.