Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person may also develop a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be aiming to copy your website and trick people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also give you a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a couple of clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux shared web hosting packages and the only 2 things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The standard approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the site that you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content in it. You could also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with a single click through the same section of your CP.