Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else could also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily shield 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 could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all of the websites which are protected in the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The standard approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the website which you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You can even use this option for just one folder instead of the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you may deactivate it with just one click via the same section of your Control Panel.