Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone can be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also offer a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, offered with all our cloud web hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we've developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you enable this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If required, you shall also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is just as easy - go back to the same section, check the box next to the particular Internet site and then click on the Delete button.