Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be attempting to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

As our web hosting service include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the required code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide a simple solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the Internet site which you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content in it. You can even use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with a single mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.