Hotlinking, which is occasionally called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it will be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be attempting to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature we provide even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, as all of our Linux shared web hosting services include a simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we've created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website in place of your actual images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and choose the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally effortless - get back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the given site and then press the Delete button.