Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person can also build a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. While this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal website, it will be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all website hosting package deals that we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 basic 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 within a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't require any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink security feature, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file yourself inside the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use a really simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply have to choose the website that needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can determine if the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you would like to activate the hotlink protection feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Stopping it is just as simple - you will only have to mark the checkbox next to the particular site and to click on the Delete button.