Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else can also develop a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be attempting to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It won't require more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux cloud hosting include a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with a simple solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the website which you intend to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content within it. You can also use this option for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you may deactivate it with one click via the very same section of your Control Panel.