Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else can also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone can be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all web hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function we offer you. While the common way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you shall simply have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no 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 click through exactly the same section.