Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person may also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to enable the protection with several clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux shared website hosting and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick 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 will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you will just have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink protection function, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file by hand in the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll only need to select the Internet site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can decide if the .htaccess file needs to be set up directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as fast - you'll only have to mark the checkbox next to the particular site and to click on the Delete button.