Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual may also create a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Since our Linux shared hosting feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the necessary code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their sites without your approval, you can easily activate the hotlink security function, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file yourself inside the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceptionally simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia CP. By using it, you will simply have to pick the site that has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up directly within the root folder or in a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.