Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, another person can also create a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may use up all your resources without getting real visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

As our shared hosting plans include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will add the required code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with just a few clicks. The usual way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site that you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content inside it. You can even use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with just one click from the same section of your CP.