Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

Since our cloud web hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will add the necessary code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature that we offer. While the conventional method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you will simply have to select the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no problems even when you have never used any hosting service before. You can deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.