Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person may also create a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody could be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

It won't require more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature that we provide even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our cloud hosting plans include a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you activate this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site in place of your actual images. You'll only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is as simple - return to the exact same section, check the box beside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.