Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It won't take more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature that we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux cloud service come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this feature only for a particular website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily switch on the hotlink security function, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file by hand inside the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll only need to choose the website that needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be created straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as easy - you will only need to mark the checkbox beside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.