Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person may also create a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have a small personal site, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function we offer. While the typical method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily execute this automatically and you will only need to choose the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.