Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone could be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It shall not take more than a few clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the first hosting account that you use, as all our Linux cloud packages feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with a few clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives inside it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the site which you would like to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You may also use this option for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with a single click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.