Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else may also create a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting actual website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily shield 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 should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all web hosting plans we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all the sites which are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
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 security tool that we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website rather than your real images. You'll only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If needed, you will also have the option to switch on the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is as easy - get back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific site and then press the Delete button.