Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this might 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, due to the fact that someone might be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you could see all the Internet sites which are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site as a substitute for your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is equally effortless - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then press the Delete button.