Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux cloud hosting provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the necessary code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature that we provide. While the typical technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you shall only have to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the required file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.