Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will use up all your resources without getting real visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the common technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you'll simply have to pick the site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.