Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another person can also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal website, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody may be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux shared service include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall add the required code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your consent, you may easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to creating an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will simply have to choose the site which has to be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to activate the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the particular website and to click on the Delete button.