Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else can also create a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud web hosting plans we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the typical method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you'll only have to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.