Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting plans we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be ready. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some point, you could see all the Internet sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the conventional method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you shall only need to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any issues even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.