Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody can be trying to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux shared website hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall add the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an effective solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The standard way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to choose the site which you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content within it. You can even use this feature for only one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you could disable it with a single mouse click from the same exact section of your CP.