Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another individual can also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our cloud hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will include the necessary code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the conventional method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can do this automatically and you'll only need to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without issues even when you have never used any hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.