Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person could also create a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal website, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared web hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you enable this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your real images. You'll only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to switch on the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is equally simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the particular site and then press the Delete button.