Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual can also create a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone can be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting legitimate visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
It shall not require more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account that you use, as all our cloud website hosting feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a few clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the site which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content inside it. You could also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with a single mouse click via the exact same section of your CP.