Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It will not require more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function that we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, because all our hosting service come with a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this feature only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you may easily activate the hotlink security function, that is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file manually in the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, that we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site that needs to be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can decide if the .htaccess file should be set up straight within the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you would like to switch on the hotlink protection feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as effortless - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.