Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also build a site and rather than using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone might be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll run out of resources without getting real site visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all website hosting plans we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection eventually, you could see all of the websites that are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want others to use your images on their sites without your authorization, you can easily enable the hotlink protection function, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file by hand in the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll only need to choose the website that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file needs to be created directly within the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as effortless - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.