Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images that are on another website. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person could also build a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting actual website visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be activated in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all the Internet sites which are protected in the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other people to use your images on their sites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink protection function, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file manually inside the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you'll only have to choose the website which needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can decide whether the .htaccess file should be set up directly within the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Disabling it is just as fast - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox next to the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.