Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another person can also create a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all web hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't require any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all of the websites which are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to protect your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The standard technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the website that you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content in it. You can also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with just one mouse click from the same section of your CP.