Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else could also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a major issue if you have a smaller personal website, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody may be trying to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very easy-to-work-with tool that will permit you to enable the protection with several mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux shared plans and the only two things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main Internet 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 choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you will only need to choose the site which needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can decide if the .htaccess file should be generated directly within the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will only have to mark the checkbox next to the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.