Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual could also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting real site 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 only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not take more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the first hosting account which you use, because all our cloud hosting feature a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we offer. While the standard way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will only need to select the website in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.