Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else could also build a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal website, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody can be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you should think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all the Internet sites which are protected inside the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other people to use your images on their websites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink protection feature, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceptionally simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will only have to select the website that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be generated straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, when you want to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as simple - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the particular website and to click on the Delete button.