Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, somebody else can also create a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have one small personal site, it will be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody might be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared website hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any computer programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the websites which are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to pick the website that you want to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content within it. You can even use this feature for only one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.