Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also build a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
It will not require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account which you use, because all our cloud web hosting include a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We offer an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the site that you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content in it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click from the same exact section of your CP.