Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else may also build a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone might be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux website hosting service and the only 2 things which you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool that we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to switch on the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is equally effortless - go back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the given Internet site and then press the Delete button.