Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else could also build a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you may easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you will only have to choose the site which should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be generated directly in the root folder or within a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as effortless - you will only need to mark the checkbox next to the respective website and to click on the Delete button.