Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you can see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we offer. While the common way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can perform this automatically and you shall only have to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and features the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.