Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft too, refers to linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another person could also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody may be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your web hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting legitimate website visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in 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 is included with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some time, you could see all of the Internet sites that are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with just a few clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the site that you would like to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You can even use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you'll be able to deactivate it with one click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.