Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting real site visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux shared services and the only two things which you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You'll only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - go back to the exact same section, check the box beside the given site and then click on the Delete button.