Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person can also create a site and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It will not require more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the 1st website hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all our hosting come with a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this feature only for a certain website folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we offer. While the typical method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can perform this automatically and you will only need to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should create the needed file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without difficulties even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.