Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux cloud website hosting plans provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the needed code inside it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the exact same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we provide. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can perform this automatically and you'll only have to pick the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the required file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any complications even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.