Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else could also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal Internet site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be aiming to copy your site and trick people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Since our Linux cloud hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just two clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Additionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will include the required code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want other people to use your images on their websites without your approval, you could easily switch on the hotlink security function, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file by hand inside the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll simply need to select the website that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be created directly within the root folder or in a subfolder, when you'd like to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as fast - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.