Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a small personal website, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our website hosting plans and the only two things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just have to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you may easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll only need to choose the site that has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can decide whether the .htaccess file will be created directly in the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you would like to activate the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as easy - you will only have to mark the checkbox beside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.