Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual could also create a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Because our web hosting packages feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the required code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function we offer you. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can do this automatically and you shall only have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.