Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another website. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal website, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Since our website hosting plans include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the required code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your actual images. You will only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If necessary, you will also have the option to activate the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is equally simple - get back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the particular site and then click on the Delete button.