Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody can be trying to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. That is 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 Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared web hosting plans we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you can see all the Internet sites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the site which you intend to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content inside it. You can also use this function for only one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with one click via the very same section of your Control Panel.