Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also build a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone might be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you might run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason 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 as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you can see all of the sites that are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature that we offer. While the common method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you will only need to select the site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the required file inside the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even if you have never used any hosting service before. You can deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.