Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux cloud hosting and the only two things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function we offer. While the common way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily do this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without issues even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You could switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.