Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person can also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody may be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It shall not take more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature we offer even if this is the 1st website hosting account which you use, because all of our Linux shared website hosting service come with a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we've designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you enable this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site as a substitute for your real images. You'll only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is as effortless - return to the same section, check the box next to the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.