Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person can also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll use up all your resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all web hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with such matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If required, you shall also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is just as effortless - return to the very same section, check the box beside the particular site and then press the Delete button.