Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should think about preserving 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 Web Hosting
It shall not take more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature that we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, as all of our Linux cloud web hosting packages include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this feature only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide an effective solution to shield your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several clicks. The conventional way to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the website that you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content within it. You may also use this function for just one folder rather than the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one mouse click from the very same section of your Control Panel.