Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody might be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
It shall not take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account that you use, since all of our Linux cloud website hosting come with a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the very same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this service only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers an effective solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the site that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content within it. You could also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to disable it with a single click from the same section of your CP.