Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else can also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be trying to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
There is a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux shared web hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just need to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to select the Internet site that you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content in it. You can also use this function for just one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you may disable it with one click from the very same section of your CP.